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Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!
Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

Recently I was eating out with a friend and we saw a delicious looking dish at the table next to ours. We were trying to figure out what it was, and we figured out it was a roasted beet salad. I'm telling you, it didn't even look like a salad. The greens were buried under a lot of cheese, cranberries, and what turned out to be roasted beets.

We of course ordered it and it did not disappoint. So I knew I had to share it with you.

Side note: I once had a friend who almost exclusively decided what to order by simply watching what the waiter carried out from the kitchen, and asking for “whatever that lady ordered.” It's not a bad plan.

Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

The only real difference in my salad versus the one from the restaurant is the cheese. I used feta cheese, and the menu listed a honey-chevre goat cheese. If you can get your hands on some of that, it's definitely worth it. I've seen it at Trader Joe's (because really, what isn't at TJ's?).

Speaking of Trader Joe's, I also cheated a bit with this recipe and bought pre-roasted beets from there. If your store doesn't have those already prepped for you, here's how to roast beets:

Wrap beets in aluminum foil after drizzling with olive oil. Bake at 400°F  for 40 minutes to an hour until tender and a knife slides in easily (dependent on size of beets, so check to make sure they don't burn). Let cool, then peel and slice.

The honey balsamic vinaigrette recipe I share on another post, with an easy to remember formula that is customizable to your tastes.

The ratio for the salad ingredients is totally your call, but I'll give a guideline in the recipe card.
Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

 

Yield: 4

Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed greens and/or arugula
  • 2 medium beets 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup roasted pistachios, shelled
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • honey balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Wash beets and cut off stems. Wrap beets in aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Bake beets at 400°F for 40 minutes to an hour until tender and a knife slides in easily (dependent on size of beets, so check to make sure they don't burn).
  3. Let beets cool, then peel and slice.
  4. In a large salad bowl, add the greens. Top with sliced beets, avocado, cheese, pistachios and dried cranberries and toss together.
  5. Serve with honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Notes

*Ratio for salad ingredients can be modified as desired

**Buying pre-roasted beets saves on cooking time! I've seen these sold at Trader Joe's.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 308mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. A flavorful and healthy salad that is anything but boring!

 

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Ann

Saturday 26th of October 2019

My husband and I tried this salad once at the restaurant off the beaten path. My husband didn’t like it at all, and probably that’s the reason why I’ve never made this salad myself at home. The next time I have plenty of pistachios and cranberries, I’m giving this a try. I believe all the ingredients go really good together. Such a nice combo of flavors. Plus, it will look absolutely beautiful on the table. Maybe I’ll even share the salad with my neighbours. Hope they’ll enjoy it too. Thank you for this life saving recipe Kelly. Look forward to your new ideas!

Sam

Friday 20th of July 2018

Fantastic recipe! I only had feta cheese on hand so I subbed in that, but it was still yummy! Thanks for sharing! (I also steal people's order ideas at restaurants!)

Kelly

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Best way to know what you want to order, right?!

Eileen

Saturday 25th of February 2017

One of my all-time favorite salads. I just roasted a bunch of striped beets yesterday. Definitely going to try them with your vinaigrette!

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

This looks so delicious! I love beets in salads!! Especially with goat cheese!

Maria @ kitchenathoskins

Friday 13th of January 2017

I love how beets gets much more sweeter and concentrates the flavor, making them more yummier when roasted! They are just so in season right now. Great recipe