Roasted Beet Salad

This recipe for a roasted beet salad will change your mind forever about beets.  Now, un-wrinkle that turned up nose, and hear me out.  I use to over look beets at the super market as you may do, because the options were pretty much the same red beets.  Once I started shopping at the farmer’s markets that changed as I was suddenly introduced to a rainbow of beets, which also opened the door to many new recipes.  (big announcement down below).

Roasted Beet Salad

Let’s talk about beets for a minute.  As I mentioned before, the option of being introduced to a new variety of beet and one you may like will change if you hit your local farmer’s market.  Trust me.  Farmers are really expanding the beet horizon and I find it plain exciting.

  • Red beets are the most common and usually can be found at any market.  I think of them as the “basic” beet;  sweet and earthy.  Great roasted.
  • Chioggia beets are just plain gorgeous as they are naturally striped, and come in color combinations such as yellow and orange or red and a creamy white.  Do keep in mind the striped pattern will fade when cooked.  Besides roasting, I also like to thinly slice raw into a green salad.
  • Golden Yellow or Orange beets are more mellow then red beets, not as sweet and less of an earthy taste.  They add a lovely color to many dishes, and I enjoy roasting them or lightly steaming.
  • Baby beets can be any color;  they are just pulled from the earth when the farmers are trying to make room for larger beets to grow.  They are tender and typically have bright greens, which are also wonderful cooked.  I buy them whenever I can find them.

Beets

When Lenny and I started dating, he was not a beet fan as I am pretty sure he was served beets the same way I was as child;  boiled, over-cooked or worse CANNED.  Sorry Mom(s);  it was the 70s.  I changed his mind the first time I served him a big bowl of roasted beets, and he has never turned his nose up at a beet since.  For this roasted beet salad recipe, I used golden yellow beets, and I roasted them which keeps their bright color and enhances their delicate flavor.  I use a low-heat oven when roasting beets, this way they hold some of their crisp, and do not become mushy.  When roasting any type of beet, the process is simple, scrub with a veggie brush (leave the outer skin on), wrap in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Simply slide them in the oven and forget about them until ready.  Typically, a small – medium beet will be ready within 45 minutes.  Of course, larger beets will take a little more time.  I poke the largest beet with a fork to test the doneness.  Trust me, DO NOT OVER COOK, the flavor will fall flat.  Once you have let the beets cool (at least 30 minutes), it will be really easy to remove the outer skin, leaving behind a lovely roasted beet.

Last week at the farmer’s market, Lenny expressed an interest in grabbing some gorgeous golden yellow beets.  We brought them home and made this simple but lovely salad for lunch using some burrata cheese that we had on hand.  The seasonings were simple, a high quality olive oil and balsamic, some fresh thyme and the freshly roasted beets;  it was a perfectly light lunch when paired with warm baguettes.

**  Now to the announcement;  you may have seen some tweets flying around out there but I wanted to also let you know that I am teaming up with my friend Tracy from Shutterbean, and we are teaching a hands-on beginning food photography workshop this month!  We are so excited about this workshop!  We have a few seats left, and would love to have anyone who is interested in learning the basics of shooting (getting out of that auto mode), styling your food so that you can still eat it afterwards and basic editing skills to make your photos really pop!  All the details can be found here.  Hope to shoot with you!

 

Roasted Beet Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I adore beets, so you don’t have to sell me on this one! I wish I was in the US though, because I would have loved to be at that class! Good luck with it all.

  2. First off, congrats on the workshop! That is so exciting!!!

    I don’t know when I first had beets but it was definitely as a kid and I have always really enjoyed them. So, you didn’t really need to sell me on them, but oh gosh this recipe looks phenomenal. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Congratulations on the workshop! If you ever decide to do one in Seattle, I’m there! Wish I lived closer. This salad, simple, beautiful and divine!

  4. I *SO WISH* I could attend your workshop!!! I’m too far awayyy *tear

  5. Natalie, we may end up live webcasting another workshop (different date) as there seems to be an audience for it. Stay tuned!!

  6. Thanks Maria! Would be great to get a workshop going up in Seattle. We may live webcast an upcoming workshop – stay tuned!

  7. Thank you Brian. Should be a great time, we are really looking forward to it. From the looks of it you are keeping busy with the teaching stuff out that way – big congrats!!!

    Remember to always eat your beets. :)

  8. Hi Sarah, yeah beets rock, don’t they. Besides being delicious they are so good for ya! Keep your eyes open, we may do a live webcast of a food photography workshop – stay tuned!

  9. Wow, I won’t turn my nose up at this beet dish :) it looks lovely!

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