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Golden & Red Beet Salad with Mozarella, Basil & Candied Nuts!

Written By: Chris - Nov• 14•12

Golden beets are not as easy to come by as the red ones, but add a bright, zesty yellow color when served roasted and/or in salads.  They are a bit less sweet than the red beets, but also have a more mellow, less earthy flavor all around.

Red beets are the variety most of us think of when our minds turn to “beets.”  They are the basic, but sweet  and earthy ones.  You can find them in almost any grocery store.  Look for beets with their fresh, leafy greens still attached if possible because you’ll know those are fresh.  Be sure to remove these greens when you get home and store them disconnected.  Much like squash, one of the great things about beets, is that they are great storage vegetable.  They get a bit less tender as they are stored and gain sweetness along the way.

Either beet can be used in many ways, but are most frequently roasted (a great way to make them easy to peel, by the way).

I wanted to change things up a bit and had some left over Fig Balsamic salad dressing as well as some fresh mozzarella and fresh basil on hand so I was inspired to make this delicious and savory salad.  This was enough to serve four


Ingredients:

5 Roasted Beets
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, sliced

My Homemade Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 Tablespoons of fig Jam
add Balsamic to fill measuring cup to 1/2 C mark
Add one clove of fresh Garlic
fresh Salt & Pepper
Fill with Vegetable Oil to the 2/3 C mark
Wisc and spoon over fresh salad

1/3 Cup Candied Nuts, chopped roughly
Basil
2 small Green Onions
Salt & Pepper

Wash and roast your beets according to the link above, while baking another meal.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Peel and slice the beets and arrange on plate alternating with the slices of fresh mozzarella cheese (you can see the golden beets have taken on some of the red beet color from touching while stored.  I think they are beautiful with vibrant color!)

Chiffonade a couple tablespoons of fresh basil and top beets and cheese.  Crush nuts (for a quick fix of candied nuts, I prefer this brand and mix from Costco!) and sprinkle over salad.  They add great texture and flavor!  Season with salt & pepper to your liking.

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

 

 

 

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  1. […] foods fit for any company or gathering!  It also makes food go further!  This was my traditional roasted beet salad, changed up slightly and enjoyed during a recent girls […]

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