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Are you afraid of beets?  I used to be afraid of them.  My husband still is afraid of them.  What is it about the beet that puts them in the category of brussel sprouts and cauliflower?  I remember pickled beets being slopped on my tray in the cafeteria line in elementary school and the memory is still chilling.  But one day at the urging of someone that is a really good cook and I trust with my tastebuds, suggested I tried a roasted beet.  It was divine.  Aside from the gorgeous color, they are sweet and dense and just plain good.  And good for you.  Being that I live near some of the best farmer’s markets that the world has to offer I am pretty lucky to get crazy hybrid beets on any given day.  Yellow, white, candy striped, purple, they are one of the most beautiful vegetables out there.  If you think that you do not like beets, try eating them roasted.  You will change your mind.

Grab a piece of heavy tin foil and fold it in half.  Peel 4-5 beets.  (I recommend that you wear some gloves while peeling your beets otherwise you will have purple stained hands for the rest of the day.)  Quarter them and put them on the tin foil.  Drizzle them with some olive oil and a generous dose of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  I had some fresh rosemary so I added some chopped rosemary as well.  Fold up the tin foil to make a purse and put in a 400 degree over for about an hour.  They are done when you can stick a knife in one and get no resistance.

In the meantime, I made some dressing.  I never, ever, buy salad dressing.  It is the easiest thing to make and I don’t like to have all of the bottles in my fridge.  Here is a good base recipe for a simple vinaigrette.  I don’t usually measure when I am making this, it is okay to just wing it.  Taste the dressing on a salad leaf and go from there.  I use a small Mason jar with a lid to shake and store this dressing.

2 Tablespoons of something sweet (honey, maple syrup, orange marmalade, apricot preserves, you get the idea) I used maple syrup for this particular salad.

2 Tablespoons of an acid (balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, lemon juice) I used red wine vinegar for this one.

2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard (I just give it 2 good size squeezes from the bottle)

some Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Put the lid on and shake it really well.  Open the jar and add anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil.  I like a more vinegar-y dressing.  Use the amount that tastes good to you.  Put the lid back on and shake again.  You can keep this in the fridge and just shake it up again before you use it.  It would be great on just about anything.

I had some spinach in the house so that is what I used for this salad.  Please, I beg you, make sure to season your leaves before you dress them.  It makes a really big difference.

Add some of the dressing and toss.  I do not like a salad heavy on the dressing.  I like the leaves to just glisten from the oil and vinegar.  Add the roasted beets on top.  I had some blue cheese and walnuts leftover from the Blue Cheese Bacon dip so I put them on as well.  This was a perfect dinner salad.  The beets are hearty enough to make it a meal.  Some good crusty bread and it is done.

This salad has infinite possibilities and I make about a thousand different versions of it.  Play with it and see what you can come up with.

Make a salad and invite some one to share it with.

Roasted Beet Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of something sweet (honey, maple syrup, orange marmalade, apricot preserves, you get the idea) I used maple syrup for this particular salad.
  • 2 Tablespoons of an acid (balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, lemon juice) I used red wine vinegar for this one.
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard (I just give it 2 good size squeezes from the bottle)
  • some Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4-5 beets
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • salad greens
  • blue cheese
  • walnuts

Instructions

  1. Grab a piece of heavy tin foil and fold it in half. Peel 4-5 beets. (I recommend that you wear some gloves while peeling your beets otherwise you will have purple stained hands for the rest of the day.) Quarter them and put them on the tin foil. Drizzle them with some olive oil and a generous dose of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. I had some fresh rosemary so I added some chopped rosemary as well. Fold up the tin foil to make a purse and put in a 400 degree over for about an hour. They are done when you can stick a knife in one and get no resistance.
  2. Put the lid on and shake it really well. Open the jar and add anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil. I like a more vinegar-y dressing. Use the amount that tastes good to you. Put the lid back on and shake again. You can keep this in the fridge and just shake it up again before you use it. It would be great on just about anything.
  3. I had some spinach in the house so that is what I used for this salad. Please, I beg you, make sure to season your leaves before you dress them. It makes a really big difference.
  4. Add some of the dressing and toss. I do not like a salad heavy on the dressing. I like the leaves to just glisten from the oil and vinegar. Add the roasted beets on top. I had some blue cheese and walnuts leftover from the Blue Cheese Bacon dip so I put them on as well. This was a perfect dinner salad. The beets are hearty enough to make it a meal. Some good crusty bread and it is done.
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13 Responses to Roasted Beet Salad

  1. Molly Portock says:

    Bree – This looks amazing. Your pictures of the steps are beautiful, and I think your site is great. Keep posting! I love to cook, too, and I will definitely be checking out your site to see what you add. Next Rachael Ray, maybe? (Minus the constant annoying laugh, I hope). Good job. -Molly Portock

  2. Corey says:

    mmmmmm! I love roasted beets. I will have to make this. Looks beautiful!

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  4. Mollie says:

    Thank you so much for the fantastic blog– I scrolled through the entire thing today and I want to make every single recipe! Maybe this one will finally convert my husband into a beet lover like myself?? Keep up the good work! Also thank you for the photography information you have shared… I hope I can be as good as you some day.

  5. Wendy says:

    roasted beet is one of my all time fave salads! thanks for sharing this recipe. :)

    quick question: i’ve never tried seasoning the greens before dressing. are you just using salt & pepper, or something different?

  6. MS78 says:

    Bree, I bought some pre-peeled packaged beets in Whole Foods that are supposed to be boiled before serving. Do you think i’d have an issue roasting those instead?

  7. Marie says:

    I loved baked beets on salads! I usually bake mine with the peels on…it’s a little easier to peel. AND I also love salads that have some delicious crunchy bits…candies nuts or whatever. Yum!!

  8. Dana says:

    Made many of your dishes for Passover. Brisket – oh my goodness, best ever! Matzo toffee, let’s just say I was floating and matzo ball soup. Thanks for making me want to start cooking again!

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