Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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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.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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. 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 recipe but you can use your favorite store bought dressing or make a simple Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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Yields 4 servings

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts is a healthy recipe loaded with nutritious ingredients.

10 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 small beets, washed with tops and stems removed
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large handfuls mixed greens
  • 4 to 6 TBSP crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 to 6 TBSP chopped walnuts
  • 1 TBSP fresh dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place each beet on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper lightly
  2. Wrap each beet individually and bake in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour or until tender
  3. Remove from foil and let cool
  4. Gently remove the skin from the cool beets. Rubbing a paper towel on the surface gently is a good method.
  5. Slice the beets into bite sized pieces
  6. PREPARE THE SALAD
  7. 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.
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Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I love the dill bits in there too!

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