Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
This recipe is kosher for Passover.
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Eileen Goltz | Dairy
40 minutes 20 minutes
20 minutes
4 servings

  • 4 medium beets scrubbed, trimmed and cut in half
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 (10-oz.) package mixed baby salad greens
  • ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 oz. goat cheese

  1. Place beets into a saucepan, and fill with enough water to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Drain and cool, then cut into cubes.
  3. While the beets are cooking, place the walnuts in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  4. Heat until warm and starting to toast, then stir in the maple syrup. Cook and stir until evenly coated, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil to make the dressing.

    To Serve:
  6. Place a large helping of baby greens onto each of four salad plates, divide candied walnuts equally and sprinkle over the greens.
  7. Place equal amounts of beets over the greens, and top with dabs of goat cheese. Drizzle each plate with some of the dressing.

Kashrut Instructions


DESCRIPTION: Bok Choy, Lettuce, Open-Leaf, Bib, Boston, Butter Lettuce, Chicory, Chinese Lettuce (Napa), Iceberg, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine, and Watercress all grow in a similar fashion. As they sprout forth from the ground, the leaves begin to open up like a flower. Toward the end of their growth they begin to close around the stalk.

INFESTATION: The insects most commonly found in open-leaf lettuce are small green aphids or thrips. The leaves of the vegetable often camouflage these insects. The open structure of these vegetables allows insects to penetrate the entire head. Red Leaf, Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce have curly leaves with many folds in which the insects tend to hide. We therefore recommend that they be washed and checked with extreme caution. Often, insects may be found between the innermost layers of leaves of an infested head. Therefore, each leaf must be washed and checked individually. The use of a light box for checking lettuce is extremely helpful. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8″) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.

Please note: Many varieties of open-leaf lettuce feature curly leaves with many folds in which the insects tend to hide. We therefore recommend that they be washed and checked with extreme caution.


  1. Cut off the lettuce base and separate the leaves from one another.
  2. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  3. Agitate the lettuce leaves in the soapy solution.
  4. Spread each leaf, taking care to expose all its curls and crevices. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from both sides of each leaf. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
  5. Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead lighting to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Pay careful attention to the folds and crevices in the leaf where insects have been known to hold tight through several washings.
  6. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.
  7. If the manner of washing described above is impractical, each leaf must be carefully inspected.
  8. In a commercial setting, a vegetable spinner is recommended. (The advantages of spin-drying are: (1) the Rabbi will not risk an electrical shock when placing the leaves on the light box; and (2) the leaves will stay fresh and moist for a longer period of time.)
  9. Three handfuls of leaves from different areas of the bin should be checked over a light box or under direct light. Our experience has shown that if the leaves are washed properly, no insects will be found.