Monday, May 19, 2008


Since there's been virtually no crafting of any sort around here lately, I thought I'd share my new favorite salad. I've been jonesing for some roasted beets ever since I read this post over at Finny Knits. So when I was at the organic market the other day, I saw a beautiful bunch and picked them up. We had a little BBQ here on Saturday night and I made my new favorite salad. Roasted Beets with Greens, Goat Cheese and Red Wine Vinaigrette. Finny was spot on with the husband making a face. It must be a boy thing, right? John just does not share my love of veggies. Anyway, I think about half of us really loved the salad. Me, I can't get enough. In fact, I just had a huge bowl for dinner. If you like beets, try it. I promise you'll like it. It will probably serve about 6, but you could adjust the quantities if you'd like.

2 medium-large beets plus greens
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup arugula
2 oz of goat cheese
1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For vinaigrette:
1/4 red wine vinegar
1 T of Dijon mustard
1 T of honey
1/2 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Remove beet greens and reserve for salad. Scrub beets and dry. Wrap loosely in tin foil after sprinkling with olive oil, salt & pepper. Place directly on oven rack and roast for 40-60 minutes until beets are tender when pierced with a knife. Remover from oven and let cool. In the meantime, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together all ingredients, slowing whisking in the olive oil. You can just do this in the bottom of your serving bowl. Chop the beets greens and add the remaining greens to the bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette then crumble in the goat cheese and nuts. When the beets are cool enough to handle, cut into cubes and add to the salad. Lightly toss to coat. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

My husband and I both LOVE beets. I have some in the garden ready to pick so I have to try this salad asap. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to try this. I loooooove beets! Honey? Won't touch them with a 10-foot-long fork. I haven't been able to get the kids into them either. Which is fine -- more for me!

Heidijayhawk said...

YUM!!! can't wait to pick some up. its really been awhile.

Felicia said...

Beets must be one of those traumatic foods from my youth. I can't seem to force myself to try them now that I'm an adult! :)

Elizabeth said...

Wow! I love beets and that salad looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

FinnyKnits said...

Holy crap that looks awesome! You know I'll try that recipe as soon as my farm share shows up with some more beets since you know I ate up all the ones that came last week already - Hogitha, I know!

Also, what is wrong with boys and beets? I'd think with the mess beets make that boys would be all about them.


Anonymous said...

We are expecting some beets in our CSA share soon and I have never used them before--thanks for the recipe!

African Kelli said...

Oooh, I love beets. This looks excellent. Thank you!

Deirdre said...

I love roasted beets. Thanks for this recipe!