Tri-Color Beet Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Roasted Beets:
  • 2 pounds medium red, golden and striped beets, scrubbed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to coat
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Cherry Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries (reconstituted in 1/4 cup red wine vinegar for 30 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 cup chiffonade of kale leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Directions

For the beets: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out a large sheet of foil on top of a roasting dish and spread the beets across evenly on the sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top with another sheet of foil and crimp to seal the edges. Poke holes in the top to allow steam to escape. Place in the oven and roast until the beets are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool in the foil pouch before loosening the skins and discarding. Quarter the peeled beets and place in a large bowl.

For the cherry vinaigrette: Drain the cherries and roughly chop. Whisk together the vinegars (including the red wine vinegar from the cherries) and cherries while slowly drizzling in the olive oil so it lightly emulsifies. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

For the salad: Toss the warm beets with the cherry vinaigrette. Add the kale, pepitas, goat cheese and mint, continuing to toss. Season with salt and pepper.


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