Friday, June 3, 2011

Beet Salad

I've been enjoying this beet salad several times a week now for the last month or so.

I hadn't fully appreciated fresh beets before, but they are far superior to the canned variety. (So if all you've ever had is canned beets and you hate them, give fresh beets a try!) And beets are a very-good-for-you vegetable that many of us don't eat enough of, if at all.

With the delicious additions of candied walnuts, feta cheese (for saltiness), and a honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing, I'm happy to eat my greens and beets on a regular basis!

This is an easy salad to make and I generally keep the various components on hand in the fridge, then assemble the salad when I'm ready to eat.

To make this salad you'll need:
  • Salad greens of your choice
  • Fork-tender boiled beets, sliced or cubed
  • Grated feta cheese (I use cow's milk feta)
  • Candied walnuts (recipe below)
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)
Fill your bowl with salad greens, then top with the beets.  Grate desired amount of feta then sprinkle on the candied nuts.  Drizzle with vinaigrette and prepare to fill your mouth with a mouth-watering combination of sweet, salty, earthy and tangy flavors!

Candied Walnuts
Coarsely chop walnuts then put in skillet over medium heat. Toast for a few minutes, then pour enough maple syrup over nuts to coat them. Toss with a spatula and remove coated nuts to a plate to cool and harden.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
In a half-pint mason jar, pour a 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, a 1/4 cup of honey and a 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Put on lid and shake contents thoroughly to combine.



  1. You know, I rarely find anyone that likes beets, it seems. I've always loved them!

  2. This salad does look yummy, but I am not really a fan of beets. I kind of eat like my 5 year old...with my eyes. Ha ha. Maybe some day I'll become a grown up :)

    Oh yeah, I dropped Mr.Cow off at the post office today. He's a bit heavy, so he was $10.69 to ship. I'll send you an invoice via paypal :)

  3. I love beets. Normally just eat them around the holidays though. I'll try out your salad.

  4. Wow, this looks divine! I really like beets- especially the pickled kind. Yummy :)

  5. Hi Erin, I am not a big fan of beets but I have never tried the fresh ones. Hubby would love this salad. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hello Erin,

    I just prepared fresh beets last night and they were fabulous!! I bought them at my local farmers market, so they were nice and fresh. I cut them up in chunks along with carrots, onion,red peppers..sprinkled with olive oil..some kosher salt anad pepper..and roasted them in a 450 degree oven.

    OMGosh it was like I said...fabulous! Far better than the canned stuff.

    I will be making your salad this week. At least one night a week we take a meat break and I serve my man salad only. This is the perfect one, he will love it.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Have a lovely evening.

    Janet xox

  7. I am ok with fresh beets - can't eat canned beets. I've seen beet salads a lot lately and haven't yet tried them. Maybe, just maybe, I'll give this one a shot. My husband will be thrilled as he loves them.

  8. Oh. My. Gosh. I am making this as soon as I get to the grocery store. I love beets. And feta? Sign me up.

  9. Erin,

    This looks awesome. I love beets but don't eat them enough! Thanks for a new idea for a salad!



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