Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta

Organic beet salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese

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Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
382 Calories
30g Fat
32g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 382
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 247mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 111mg 557%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 640mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple but elegant roasted beet salad features red and golden beets, mild feta cheese and baby greens tossed in a light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.

Using a mix of red and golden beets gives the salad a nice visual contrast. In addition, many people find the golden beets to be a bit sweeter than the earthier-tasting red beets, so there's a gustatory contrast as well.

Speaking of contrast, once they're cooked, the red beets are going to turn anything they touch a deep, vibrant magenta color. That includes your hands, so you might want to wear disposable gloves when you're peeling them. And it also includes golden beets. A red beet that banks up against a golden beet is going to stain it red. To avoid this, separate the beets after they roast, then peel and slice them separately—golden ones first. Keep them separate until you plate the salad. 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch red beets

  • 1 bunch golden beets

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 cup micro greens, or baby greens, rinsed and dried

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 lemon

  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 F.​

  3. Tear or cut the beet tops from the beets, then wash and thoroughly dry the beets.​

  4. Place beets in a roasting pan or on a flat baking pan or sheet pan. Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on size and the desired doneness. Test for doneness after about 30 minutes of cooking by piercing the largest beet with a knife. If the knife easily enters the beet with only a small amount of resistance, it's done, and the smaller ones will be, too.​

  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes or so. Slip the skins off the beets by hand. They should slip off easily, but you can use a paring knife or a peeler on any stubborn spots. Just be careful not to cut away too much beet.

  6. Cut the beets into 1/2-inch cubes and toss in a stainless steel mixing bowl with enough olive oil to coat them. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of about half of it into the bowl, gently stirring to combine and checking the flavor as you go. Season to taste with kosher salt.

  7. Whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and toss the greens in this dressing in a separate bowl.

  8. Spoon the beet mixture onto the center of a salad plate and top each portion with about 1 tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese and about 1/4 cup of the dressed greens. Serve right away.