Substitute 1 can (16 ounces) julienne beets for the cooked fresh beets. Marinate as directed in step 3.
Beets range in color from the common deep garnet to white and gold. Although any color beet can be used in this salad, marinate each color separately because beets have a tendency to "bleed."
Chèvre is a white goat's milk cheese with a mildly tart flavor. If you prefer a slightly more assertive flavor, try a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort.
To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350ºF oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.