Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Winter Salad: Beets & Clementines

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This salad has winter written all over it.
All the components are in season and readily available.

Sometimes I roast my own beets, and mix them with jarred beets which are really sweet. You can also find great tasting prepackaged steamed beets sold vacuum packed.

Using prepackaged baby greens makes this an easy, delicious lunch.

To roast beets: trim the leaves and stems and scrub the beets clean.
Place trimmed beets in a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and a tbsp of olive oil. Roast at 400F for 45 minutes or until the beets are tender.

When the beets are cool enough to handle, the skin will rub right off.
Slice anyway you like. I love the golden beets the best, they taste like candy!

To make the salad:

Quarter some roasted beets and toss them with clementine slices.
Add a handful of walnuts and 1/4 cup of feta cheese.

Place all in a bowl with baby arugula.

Make a dressing with a tablespoon of orange or lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey, & 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar (if I am using jarred beets, then I use a tablespoon of beet juice instead of the honey).
Whisk in 4 tablespoons of walnut oil and a tablespoon of neutral oil, such as canola.

Drizzle dressing on salad right before serving.



The Japanese Redneck said...

So pretty. I'll have to give beets another try. I don't think I've had any since I was a kid and I know my tastes have changed.

kat said...

A really great winter salad, I can't get enough roasted beets!

baconbillboard said...

Yum..off to the store...can't wait for lunch

Dana said...

Here is the part where I bemoan the fact that Randy doesn't like beets. I would eat this constantly if he did. Lunch is a good idea - I can get my beet fix!

Michele said...

I'll admit it, I've never had fresh beets. I only have had them canned and I love them. Of course, my boyfriend does not like them. Come to think of it, I don't know many people who do. I think I'd like to try this anyway. I love how you paired them with clementines. I love them!

Catherine said...

You've done it again! I was just craving a winter meal that is a little lighter.


Estrella Damm said...

This looks really wonderful. Beats are a no go in my house, so I'm going to have to tweak this to suit my house's needs.

Bob said...

There are beets that taste like candy? I need to find them! Heh. Looks great!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love this salad Stace, and I love those golden beets!

Maria said...

Beets and clementines-oh yea!

sophia said...

I do love beets so much, but I've never roasted them myself. I'll have to give them a try!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Hi Stacey -free wifi at my hotel right now so can check on some of my favorite blogs, including yours and I see you've just made a salad with one of my favorite vegetables - beets. looks terrific.

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ldhitch said...

Stacy. This is a great salad and I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate that you blog everyday or almost every day! That has got to be alot of time on your part and I am thankful! I have used many of your recipes and ideas...(the latest that everyone LOVED was the french green beans with "frizzled" shallots....so yummy!)I cook alot...have done it for a living in the past, and cannot even imagine adding blog time to it....altho if I gave up reading yours and others, maybe.....nah! I'll just enjoy yours. THANK YOU!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Perfect winter salad! Love how colorful it looks!