Jared started off our epic Valentine's day meal with a delicious roasted beet salad. Roasted beets are one of the root vegetables we really love to eat in the winter. The sweetness of the beet is perfect to pair it with a tangy goat cheese and dressing. By the way, did you know most of the sugar produced in the US comes from beets and the rest comes from sugarcane. So unless the package says cane sugar, you are most likely consuming both beet and cane sugar. Beets are naturally sweet, so I'm really not sure why the canneries add so much vinegar to pickle it. One of the reasons why I hated beets growing up was because all we had were the can varieties soaked in vinegar. It wasn't until the last few years that I've had freshly roasted beets. Now Jared and I enjoy them all the time. Yum!
Your favorite greens (we used escarole + baby spinach)
Crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tangerine, segmented
1 tbsp Dijon mustard ("excuse me, do you have any grey poupon?")
Salt + Pepper
Salt + Pepper
Recipe: (Serves 2)
- Clean and rinse the beet
- Drizzle the beet with olive oil and place it in 2 layers of foil and wrap it
- Place the beet in a 350°F oven and roast for 1 1/2 hour or until tender when pierced with a knife
- Take the walnuts and place it in a sheet pan and toast it in the oven for 10 minutes along with the beet.
- Remove the beet and let it cool to the touch
- Slice the ends off and use a paper towel to help remove the skin
- Cut the beet into chunks or slices
- In a small bowl, add 3 tbsp of "good" olive oil, 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard, juice of 1 lemon wedge and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine the dressing and spoon it over the greens to mix
- To assemble, place the sliced beet at the bottom, then top it with the greens. Add the crumbled goat cheese and walnut on top of the greens. Arrange the segmented tangerine slices around the plate and finally drizzle walnut oil around the plate.
Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese This makes for an amazing tangy and barely sweet salad over the slightly bitter escarole. The walnut oil adds a lovely nutty hint to help balance it all out. A great start to our epic meal!
And while we're on the topic of beets, I leave you with my favorite Office scene where Jim comes in dressed as Dwight.
"Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica" - Jim Halpert, The Office