Spinach Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese
Sweet Roasted Beets, Bright Green Spinach and crunchy nuts make a jewel colored salad filled with nutrients, anti oxidants and healthy fats.
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
For the salad:
- 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach
- 4 medium beets, roasted (see how to roast beets below)
- 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, chives, parsley or a combination
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts, lightly toasted (walnuts may be substituted)
1. Make the dressing. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the vinegar’s and salt to taste. Whisk in the mustard and the olive oil. Set aside.
2. Toss the spinach with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Line a platter or individual plates.
3. Skin the beets and cut in half lengthwise (stem to root), then slice into thin half moons. Place the sliced halves on top of the spinach and fan them out. Drizzle on the remaining dressing and sprinkle on the herbs. Top each fan of beets with crumbled goat cheese and pine nuts, and serve.
Yield: 4 servings.
Advance preparation: Roasted beets will keep for about 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information per serving: 230 calories; 19 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 11 grams monounsaturated fat; 11 milligrams cholesterol; 11 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 185 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 6 grams protein.
How to Roast Beets
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the greens away from the beets, leaving about 1/4 inch of stems. Scrub the beets and place in a baking dish or ovenproof casserole dish or a cast iron pan. Add 1/4 inch of water to the dish. Cover tightly. Place in the oven and roast small beets (three ounces or less) for 30 to 40 minutes, medium beets (four to six ounces) for 40 to 45 minutes, and large beets (eight ounces or more) for 50 to 60 minutes. They’re done when they’re easily penetrated with the tip of a knife. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the covered baking dish. Cut away the ends and slip off the skins. Don’t remove the skins until you are ready to use them!
Roasted beets are wonderful on their own or simply dressed with a vinaigrette, and they will keep for four- five days in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
Option: Steamed Beets:
If I don’t have time to roast the beets (which makes them very sweet), then I steam them which takes less time…about 20 minutes if you cut the beets in half or in quarters. Do leave the skin on until you add them to the salad.