A roasted beet salad shows how this multi-talented ruby red veg can make a salad sing with very few ingredients or preparation.
One of the things I love about this salad, especially for picnics, is apart from roasting the beets, which we give you all the tips for here in our Roasted Beet Recipe, this salad requires very little preparation.
For a picnic, pack your beets in a container to marinate and your salad ingredients in another. When you lay out your picnic, simply dress your salad with the beets. There isn’t even really a dressing as such as the beets in balsamic do all the work.
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Easily adaptable, this recipe uses beets as the foundation so you can experiment with other ingredients to suit the season or taste. We recommend pears as an addition when in season and pistachios as an alternative to walnuts. You can also switch feta for goats cheese or even a blue cheese crumbled over works well.
You can easily make this recipe a vegan picnic salad by using vegan cheese, or none at all.
Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad with Feta & Walnuts
- 4 small to medium-sized roasted beets.
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil - plus some for drizzling.
- 1/4 cup quality balsamic vinegar.
- Sea Salt & Ground Pepper
- Fresh thyme leaves
- A few handfuls of dark salad greens. I prefer arugula for this salad. Baby spinach is also good.
- Beetroot leaves with stems cut off.
- Beetroot leaf stems
- 1/4 cup walnuts - toasted
- 1/4 cup normal or vegan feta cheese - crumbled (or more)
- Preheat your oven to around 400 ℉ | 204 ℃.
- Toss washed and trimmed beets in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place on a sheet pan. Roast for 30-40 minutes until soft right through. See our Roasted Beets Recipe for tips and tricks on the easiest way to roast beets.
- Once the beets have cooled, cut into cubes or wedges and place in a bowl. Cover with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, thyme leaves and salt & pepper and toss well. Leave to marinate while you prepare the salad.
- Arrange the salad leaves of choice, beetroot leaves and stems on a serving plate or in a bowl.
- Scatter the feta and walnuts through the leaves
- Place the beetroot chunks with their juices around the salad and finish with a drizzle of olive oil. The trick here is not to allow the beet juices to dominate the greens which is why we don’t toss this salad all together.
- If there is any balsamic left after marinating the beets, you can also drizzle with this if you feel the salad needs more dressing. Although, the marinated beets and olive oil should provide enough flavour and moisture to the salad.
- Use vegan feta for a vegan version of this salad.
- If you don't like walnuts, substitute with a nut of your choice. Pistachios also work well with beets.
- Pears also make a good addition to this salad if they are in season.
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