Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted beets are one of our newest FAVORITE things. They are sweet and soft, and so delicious! We’ve been making a lot of roasted beet salads, which are super fresh and packed with nutrition. We’ve even topped burrito bowls and tacos with them. This roasted beet salad recipe was developed from various recipes we’ve been trying lately, so we knew exactly what was going to work and what wasn’t. It came out perfectly, it felt as if we were at a restaurant eating these amazing salads. We hope you feel that way too!
The first thing you have to do is roast the beets, and it does take some time. However, this can be done up to three days ahead if you cook them, prep them and refrigerate. Wash your beets and then trim all but an inch of the stalks. Wrap them in tin foil and put them in the oven at 400 degrees F for about an hour until they are soft. Take them out, let them cool and cut into thin slices about a quarter of an inch thick. Then cut them into small strips. You can toast your almonds while the beets cook and they can be made ahead as well. You could use raw sliced almonds as well, but toasting adds a lot of extra flavor. Crumble goat cheese, mix up a simple vinaigrette, and cook some chicken (you can do all this while your beets are roasting or cooling). Then put all the ingredients together to create an incredible salad, perfect for lunch or dinner.
Beets have long been recognized for their health benefits. They are an excellent source of folate and also a good source of manganese, potassium, copper, dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6. The fiber found in beets has special properties including preventing colon cancer. They also contain high concentrations of pigments that give them their bright purple color and have many health benefits. These pigments are called betalains and they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets contain a unique mix of antioxidants and may help prevent or even treat multiple forms of cancer. They provide a good range of nutrients that promote optimal health. People who live in communities that traditionally have a lot of beets in their diet are known to have long life spans.
We completely gobbled up this salad really fast. The creaminess of the goat cheese pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the beets. The almonds add just a little extra crunch and texture. The simple but delicious chicken rounds it out with just the right amount of spice. And the homemade balsamic salad dressing pulls it all together. This roasted beet salad recipe is surely one we’ll come back to time and time again. We’re sure you’ll love it, and hopefully it will become a popular recipe in your home as well!
For more yummy salad recipes, check out our post about 8 Delicious Salad Ideas.
For this salad recipe you will need: