Roasted Beet Salad!
Health Benefits of Beets
Beets are packed with essential nutrients, fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, iron and Vitamin C and filled with antioxidants!
Reduces inflammation, supports Brain Health, may have some Anti-cancer properties, helps keep blood pressure in check, improves digestive health, improves blood flow, and helps to lower blood pressure!
Make the Balsamic Glaze first
1 (16.9-fluid-ounce) bottle balsamic vinegar
Pour the whole bottle into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to a medium-high and continue to boil until the vinegar starts to thicken and forms syrup like consistency, about 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to thicken too much, or you will end up with thick black goop. To test, use a wooden spoon: if the syrup coats the back of the spoon, it is ready to remove from the heat. Let it cool to room temperature before you store it in the refrigerator. I use a needle-nose plastic bottle to store my glaze after it has cooled. It will last up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
To Make The Salad:
½ cup walnuts nuts
2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 pounds beets, red or gold, tops cut off and scrubbed to clean
6 cups baby frisee lettuce or wild arugula, washed spin-dried
½ teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons Shallot Vinaigrette (Recipe below)
6 ounces goat cheese, rolled into 30 balls the size of small grapes
¼ cup Reduced Balsamic Glaze
¼ cup loosely packed Italian parsley chopped small
Place the walnuts nuts in a small dry frying pan and turn the stove to medium-high heat. Shake the pan back and forth until the nuts have started to turn golden, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. (be careful not to burn)
Pour 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the palm of your hand and rub the beets all over to coat adding more oil to the palm of your hands as necessary. Place the beets on a baking pan whole and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. To check for doneness, insert a sharp paring knife through the middle of the thickest part of the beet. If the knife goes through all the way smoothly, the beets are done. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Peel the beets under running water and cut them into thin slices. Arrange 5 slices of the beets on a salad plate in a circle.
In a salad bowl toss the arugula, sprinkle kosher salt and add 3 Tablespoons shallot vinaigrette dressing. Place 1 cup of arugula on top of the beets.
Spread 5 goat-cheese balls around the salad, and top with 3 to 5 pieces of toasted walnuts.
Drizzle 2 teaspoon of balsamic syrup and 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil over each serving garnish chopped parsley over top of salad.
Repeat the assembly procedure for the other 5 servings.
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1-tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-teaspoon kosher salt
Combine the mustard and shallot in a bowl, and whisk in the olive oil slowly. Continue to whisk to incorporate all the ingredients until smooth. Add the rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk to blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add salt. This vinaigrette will keep in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.
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Maintain healthy weight,
Get 8 hours of sleep,
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