This simple roasted beet salad recipe combines fresh salad greens with roasted beets, blue cheese and chopped walnuts. With a pinch of fresh dill, this is one summer salad that you will make over and over again!
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Beet Salads Are My New Favorite Beet Recipe!
A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden. I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!
When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn’t eat them very often. I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.
As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet. I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil consistently damp very difficult. I will be trying again this year in hopes of getting beets that are larger than a golf ball!
While I wait for my own garden to provide me with beets, I decided to head to the grocery store to buy some for this roasted beet salad with blue cheese and walnuts.
Feta vs. Blue Cheese in Fresh Beet Salads
Blue cheese is one of those things people either love or hate. Personally, I am a HUGE fan…putting it on roast beef sandwiches and slicing it up for crackers.
If you don’t like blue cheese, you can easily make a beet salad with walnuts and feta or even try some goat cheese. However, I really think that beet salad with blue cheese is an amazing combination of flavors. If you are really feeling adventurous, try my beet and goat cheese salad!
Variations on these Beet Salad Ingredients
I thought about candying the walnuts but was honestly feeling a tad bit lazy and decided to just chop them up and scatter them on plain. You can roast the beets the night before so that you have a healthy lunch recipe that takes only minutes to throw together.
The combination of dark, leafy greens and deep red beets is a powerhouse of antioxidants and essential nutrients. I didn’t add a salad dressing to this beet salad but you can use your favorite store bought dressing or make a simple Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Easy Roasted Beet Salad Recipe
Fresh beets have a very earthy flavor but are much sweeter and mild when roasted. Check out Suburbia Unwrapped for tips on how to roast fresh beets. Then, just combine fresh salad greens with chopped beets, walnuts, blue cheese and a touch of dill.
Looking for more beet recipes? Head to my post on the best beet recipes for inspiration!
- 4 small beets, washed with tops and stems removed
- 4 TBSP olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 large handfuls mixed greens
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 4 to 6 TBSP chopped walnuts
- 1 TBSP fresh dill, finely chopped
- Place each beet on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper lightly
- Wrap each beet individually and bake in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour or until tender
- Remove from foil and let cool
- Gently remove the skin from the cool beets. Rubbing a paper towel on the surface gently is a good method.
- Slice the beets into bite sized pieces
- PREPARE THE SALAD
- For each salad, place one handful of greens on a plate. Add one sliced beet and a sprinkle of blue cheese and walnuts. Add more freshly ground pepper if desired and sprinkle with dill.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 624Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 708mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.