A lot of people do not like beets. I have always liked beets, especially with vinegar, salt and fresh cracked black pepper on them. I grew up eating them poured over cabbage boiled with a ham hock. My mama and daddy grew them in their garden and my mama would can them so we could enjoy them all year long. I never realized how much better fresh beets or home canned beets were until I got out on my own. The canned beets in the grocery stores have NOTHING on the taste of a fresh roasted beet. In fact, David did not eat them until he met me and learned to eat them like I grew up eating them with vinegar, salt and pepper.
For Meatless Monday last week, I made a roasted beet salad. I kept coming across recipes for them, so I decided to make my own version. Here’s how I made my Roasted Beet Salad.
Roasted Beet Salad
- 3-4 medium beets, washed and trimmed
- red onions, sliced into this slices
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup candied walnuts, chopped (I made some candied walnuts and will share the recipe with you later this week!)
- Balsamic Maple Cinnamon Dressing, (Recipe to follow. I also made this dressing for the BeetNut Tart)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wrap the beets in foil packets and roast in the oven until tender, about 1 hour.
- While the beets are roasting, prepare the dressing:
Balsamic Maple Cinnamon Dressing Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 6 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
Put all the ingredients into a glass jar or bottle (you could also whisk together in a small bowl). Seal and shake well to mix. Shake well before using.
- Check beets for doneness by poking a toothpick into them. It should pierce through without any resistance. When they are done, take them out of the oven and open the foil packets and let cool.
- Once cool enough to handle, peel using a paper towel, then dice or slice them as desired. (This is similar to how I showed you how to make grilled beets)
- Add the beets, red onion and spinach into serving bowls, top with the goat cheese and walnuts and drizzle with dressing.
If you do not think you like beets, then maybe you should revisit them and try some fresh roasted. They are really yummy and they are really good for you! I hope this recipe is a way to get you to try something good and healthy!