Our CSA was loaded with beets this year and I’ve struggled with recipes to use one of my least favorite vegetables. Memories of canned, chopped beets in the school lunch flood my memory when I think of beets, but thank goodness there are so many wonderful ways to eat fresh, colorful beets.
I do enjoy a beet goat cheese salad so I whipped one up starting with a wonderful recipe but adapting it to use mixed greens and vinaigrette I had on hand. It was delicious and I was able to put the lunchroom flashback to rest.
BEET AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD
2 bunches medium beets, (about 1 1/2 pounds) tops trimmed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vinaigrette dressing of your choice (I used Brianna Champagne Vinaigrette)
1/2 cup walnuts
1 bunch of mixed greens
4 ounces goat cheese, (preferably aged goat cheese) crumbled
Put the beets in a saucepan with water to cover and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel them–the skins should slide right off with a bit of pressure from your fingers. If they don’t, use a paring knife to scrape off any bits that stick. Cut each beet into bite-sized wedges.
Whisk the vinegar with salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow steady stream to make a dressing.
Toss the cut beets in the dressing; set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and oven-toast, stirring once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool.
Toss the greens with the beets and divide among 4 plates. Scatter the walnuts and goat cheese on top. Serve.
It’s salad time, again. I love salad 365 days a year but with fresh produce and fruit in spring and summer, it’s the best! This salad is so simple and so delicious and you can have it anytime. Experiment with different greens, fruit and nuts and enjoy!
What a yummy patriotic salad to share this Memorial Day weekend.
STRAWBERRY AND SPINACH SALAD
Baby Spinach salad mix
1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh strawberries, rinsed, drained and sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
Sweet Balsamic Dressing
1.5 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper, to taste
Blend salad dressing ingredients together and chill.
When ready to serve, toss salad with dressing and serve immediately.
Everyone in my life knows I’m a little nuts about nuts. Last week I purchased a box of cocoa roasted almonds at my local King Soopers and loved them! The bit of sweetness along with the nut crunch and cocoa blast was divine.
They were easy to make and store well. I had dry ingredients left over, so I tried the recipe with English Walnuts. They were equally wonderful! Cocoa roasted almonds and walnuts are my new, favorite afternoon snack!
COCOA ROASTED ALMONDS
1 pound raw, shelled almonds
8 Stevia sweetener packets (next time, I’ll try it with powdered sugar)
1/4 teaspoon popcorn salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pour the almonds in a large bowl. Spray the almonds lightly. Toss the almonds and spray again, to assure that the almonds are lightly coated.
In a small bowl, combine the Stevia, salt, cornstarch and cocoa powder. Pour the dry ingredients over the almonds and toss to thoroughly coat the almonds.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the almonds (or walnuts) on paper towels. Cool.
Each almond has about 7 calories.
Nuttin’ to it!
Recipe adapted from ehow.com Cocoa Roasted Almonds