Roasted Beet & Feta Salad

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"A simple salad; but, full of flavor ... and only 5 ingredients. And, this recipe is very flexible - more cheese, more scallions; and dressed how you like. Also, make your own dressing; or use a store bought vinaigrette - to make it even easier. And, don't be afraid to serve this with baby arugula or spinach; or, garnish with fresh basil, mint, or pistachios. So, as you can see ... you can really be creative with this simple recipe."

Original recipe yields 5 servings
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  • Serving Size: 1 (245.4 g)
  • Calories 180.5
  • Total Fat - 8.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 4 mg
  • Sodium - 226.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 22.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.6 g
  • Sugars - 18.1 g
  • Protein - 5.8 g
  • Calcium - 102.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Beets ... Trim the stems, and place the beets on a large sheet of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Fold up the pouch (I like to wrap it like a Hershey's Kiss); then, place the pouch on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375-400 degree oven, middle shelf, for 45-55 minutes until tender. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the beets. When, you can easily insert a sharp knife into the beet - it is done.

Step 2

Remove the beets from the oven, open up the foil pouch; and, let them completely cool. These are great to make ahead of time. Once the beets are cool - you need to peel them. Note: if you don't want your fingers to get pink ... just wear gloves; or, you can just use a little lemon juice when you wash your hands. I don't mind.

Step 3

To peel the beets, I use the back of a spoon or knife to scrape the peel/skin off - it will come right off. Then, slice or dice - I prefer them diced. Again, this can easily be done ahead of time.

Step 4

Dressing ... As I said, you can make your own; or, you can even use your favorite store bought dressing as well. I like 1 tablespoon oil, 2 teaspoons vinegar; and, a pinch of salt and pepper, whisk and done; or, use your favorite mix. Also, I like to dress my salad very lightly, so I probably would not use all of this dressing (just me); but, this amount seems to work best for most people. It is a personal preference.

Step 5

Salad ... Add most of the dressing (you can always add more), cooled or cold beets, scallions, a pinch of salt (but, since Feta is salty I go easy), and I like a bit more pepper, to the bowl; and, lightly toss to coat. Add 1/2 of the Feta (optional arugula, spinach, mint, and basil), toss; and, transfer to a serving bowl, or plate.

Step 6

Finish, Plate, Serve, and ENJOY! ... Top with the remaining Feta (and pistachios if you want). Serve immediately.

Tips & Variations

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A really great salad, beets and feta are a wonderful combo. I used the optional arugula. I did not add the pistachios, but I think walnuts would also work as well.

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(2 Apr 2015)