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Roasted Beet Salad

Have some fun and make this festive salad with roasted beets, arugula, candied walnuts, goat cheese, and pomegranate seeds! Mixed with delicious citrus vinaigrette, it will be a great starter for a Summer dinner party!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 342kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients for Candied Walnuts:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Ingredients for Roasted Beet Salad:

  • 4 medium beets red and golden
  • 1 cup candied walnuts
  • 5 cups arugula
  • cup goat cheese or feta cheese
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • cup Cirtus Vinaigrette or Lemon Vinaigrette

Instructions

How to roast beets in the oven

  • To roast the beets in the oven, you need to cut off the stems. Then wash and pat dry. Wrap each beet in foil and bake at 400˚F for an hour. To make sure they are baked through, just pierce them with a fork.
  • When the beets are baked, let them cool off of a counter for at least an hour.

How to make candied walnuts

  • While the beets are roasting, put 1 cup walnuts, ¼ cup sugar, and 1 tbsp butter in a non-stick pan.
  • Heat over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the sugar and butter are completely melted and coated the walnuts. Make sure you are constantly stirring, so the sugar doesn’t burn.
  • When the done, transfer the candied walnuts to a baking sheet with parchment paper and separate the nuts.
  • Let the nuts to cool off for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you don’t use all the nuts for the salad, you can keep the rest of them in an air-tight container.

How to make Roasted Beet Salad

  • Peel and cut 4 medium beets into 2x2 inches pieces.
  • Rinse and dry arugula.
  • Place all the ingredients on a plate, 5 cups arugula, diced beets, 1 cup candied walnuts, ¼ cup pomegranate seeds, and ⅓ cup goat cheese. Pour over the Citrus Vinaigrette or Lemon Vinaigrette.
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Notes

NOTE 1: I prefer to roast the beets a night before or in the morning of making the salad. The reason I do it is it takes one hour to roast the beets, and then you want to completely cool them off (for another hour). Not to worry about this extra time, I just roast the beets a day before and then refrigerate them overnight.
NOTE 2: If you want to mix all the ingredients with the dressing before serving, top it with goat cheese after you mix it up. Otherwise, the cheese with get pinkish color (from the beets) and will make the salad creamy. By sprinkling it at the very end, your salad presentation will look better.

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 602IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg