Monday, January 24, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays Bloghop...Roasted Beet Salad

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
Last week I was out of town for work {which is why I wasn't able to visit many of your link ups from last week }.  Anyways, one good thing about travelling for work is that I usually enjoy a meal at a nice restaurant for dinner each night.  Somehow, I managed to order two salads with beets in them.  And then, on Saturday, I was still craving beets - so I made this salad at home.  I think it's a perfect salad for the winter months when there are not any fresh vegetables in season.
- beets (2 large would be enough for a salad to serve four)
- 4 cups mixed greens or arugula
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (goat cheese, Gorgonzola, or feta would be equally delicious)
- olive oil
- salt
Ingredients for dressing:
- 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- salt
- pepper
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Trim off stems, scrub beets, and place in baking pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt.  Cover with foil and place in oven.  Bake for 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours.  Test with a fork to see when beets are tender.  When beets are tender, remove from oven and let cool
Place walnuts in a single layer on cookie sheet and toast in your oven @ 350 degrees for 3 -5 minutes.
When beets are cool to the touch, peel of skins.  The skins will come off easily just by rubbing them with your hand.
Cube or slice beets.
Place lettuce in bowl and top with beets, walnuts, and cheese.
Make dressing:
In a small bowl combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon, dash of salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Slowly add olive oil while whisking.  Continue whisking until all of the olive oil is combined.  The dressing will thicken and become slightly creamy.
Pour over salad and enjoy!
I'm looking forward to seeing what you've cooked up this week!

Starting next week, I will have the Tasty Tuesdays post up at 8:00 AM EST on Tuesday mornings.  I hope that's OK with everyone!
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Pam said...

Alissa I eat a ton of beets! And get a salad similar to this when dining out...will be trying this one for sure! Thanks! (I"m making your granola tomorrow!)

Dr. Laura @ said...

Ohhh... I love beets! This looks amazing!

Dr. Laura

Elizabeth said...

Beets are my fave salad addition! Thanks for hosting!

natasha said...

I don't know if I'm a fan of beets, but this looks delicious! I'll have to try it sometime soon! Thanks for hosting another wonderful Tasty Tuesday!

Kristen said...

I don't see beet recipes nearly often enough. That salad sounds wonderful.

Sense of Home said...

That salad really looks delicious. Thanks for hosting!


Lisa said...

I just had my very first salad with beets a couple of weeks ago - I never knew how delicious they were! Thanks for the recipe and for hosting the blog hop!

Lilianna Grace said...

There is no salad I love more than a beet salad. I order one whenever I'm at a restuarant that has it on the menu. However, I've never attempted to make one. Cooking beets frightens me. I will give it a try. I appreciate you posting this recipe with such detail. It's very helpful.

Kendall Jones said...

I love beets! When they're done right :) and this sounds great!

The Girlie Blog said...

Oh yum! I am salivating!

a moderate life said...

Oh Alissa! Roasted Beet Salad is one of my absolute favorites! YOu reminded me and now I am going to have to make this! LOVELY! I am linking up a new recipe for Tex Mex Quinoa Loco that my family adored! All the best! alex

21st Century Housewife© said...

What a beautiful salad! It looks so delicious too. I've got some beets on hand, so I'm looking forward to giving it a try. Love the idea of the walnuts too - yum!

pamela said...

Lovely idea:)

Jacky Hackett said...

I love beets, this salad looks so delicious!

cooperl788 said...

Oooh, this looks so tasty! I always seem to forget how much I love the taste of beets, even beet greens sauteed with a little balsamic... Your salad looks like a bright spot in the long, gray days

Ms Bibi said...

I love beets, but I never tried them in a salad. This salad looks absolutely delicious.

I found your linky through another blog and I hope you don't mind I came over and linked up.I linked up my Apricot Bread Pudding.

Brandi said...

Oh Alissa, only you could make me want to eat beets! Your salad looks delicious!

Lori said...

Yum! This salad looks delicious (and very pretty!)

Nanniepannie said...

I received the Stylish Blogger Award from My Notting Hill last week, I love your blog so I'm passing it along to you.

Carol@easytobeglutenfree said...

What a beautiful salad. I love roasted beets.

Jane said...

Hi there!
I absolutely love your photos! They're awesome! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for hosting this great Linky! :)

Niki @ A Dance With Grace said...

Hi Alissa,

I, too, was tagged by well-to-do today and am thrilled because it led me to check out your blog and I love, love, love it!! So glad we were tagged together! I guess I'm your newest follower :).

Niki @ A Dance With Grace said...

And I hear ya about being restless when not crafting or working on a project!

Winelady Cooks said...

Thanks for hosting. Beets are one of my favorite veggies and this salad looks so delicious. I'll have to try it.

I'm a new follower. I hope you'll stop by when you have a chance.

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) said...

What a gorgeous salad! I also order a beet salad whenever I see it on a menu- yum!
I am sharing my recipe for Zucchini Lasagna. It is gluten free and low carb because zucchini replaces the lasagna noodles. It also has very little cheese- just a little bit grated on the top.
Thanks for hosting!

fyek said...

I love beets, especially with blue cheese, and this looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

I just love beets! This looks so good :)


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