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Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
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Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet and Basil Pasta Salad.

Trust me, it’s going to become your go-to summer pasta salad!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 637kcal


Basil Vinaigrette


  • 2-3 small red or yellow beets halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • 1 pound short cut pasta use gluten free if needed
  • 4-6 ounces soft goat cheese crumbled
  • 2 small yellow summer squash or zucchini thinly sliced
  • 2 ears fresh corn kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 large bunch watercress or spinach
  • 1 avocado sliced


Basil Vinaigrette

  • In a blender or food processor, blend the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch red pepper flakes until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed.


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Toss the beets together with the olive oil and a good pinch of both salt + pepper. Spread the beets out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are tender and charred on the edges.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until a dente. Drain and add the pasta to a large serving bowl. To the hot pasta, add the goat cheese and couple large spoonfuls of the basil vinaigrette, toss well until the goat cheese coats the pasta completely. Add the yellow squash, fresh corn and watercress and toss to combine. Top the pasta with the roasted beets and avocado. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side.


Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 21.4mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.5mg