• May 17

    Food Friday: Roasted Beet Salad with Pears & Walnuts

    May 17, 2013 • 8:04 am

    Here we go…  Patricia’s first Food Friday for jillianharris.com and I have to say… given the nice weather, a salad seems perfect for this week!  Let me know what you think of the recipe after you try it out!... 

    Have a good LONG weekend!

    Jilly xoxo


    Roasted Beet Salad with Pears and Walnuts
    Contributed by: Patricia Chuey

    This salad is great served with a roasted leg of lamb, rosemary potatoes and grilled asparagus with a little grated Parmesan. OR, for a bikini body lunch, serve it accompanied with a protein-rich skewer of grilled chicken or prawns.

    1 tbsp olive oil
    5 medium red beets (approx half inch diameter)
    3 tbsp red wine vinegar
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 tsp honey
    1/2 lemon (juice only)
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    4 cups baby salad greens
    2 endives
    2 ripe Bartlett pears, sliced
    1/2 cup walnut, halved and toasted
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Peel and cut beets into julienne strips, toss with 1 Tbsp oil, place on pan and bake for 20 minutes or until soft. (Toss occasionally to prevent sticking). Cool.

    Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper until well blended.

    Add the oil in a slow stream and stir until vinaigrette thickens.

    Add the cooked beets to half of the dressing to marinate for 30 minutes, reserve the other half for serving.

    Plate the salad greens and top with endive leaves, pears and walnuts. Top with beets.

    Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.

    If you are looking for a salad that delivers the promise, this is it! Most importantly, it tastes great! The bonus: pears are an excellent source of fibre, walnuts are very high in omega-3 fats and beets are packed with beta-carotene.

    Hope you like the salad and let Jilly and I know what you think! 



    foodwriter45 May 20 2013 • 4:01pm

    While I do realize that you are very busy with other projects, I am disappointed that you have given the recipe and Food Friday job to someone other than you or your own family members. I really looked forward to your fun and simple family recipes.

    Ilovetea13 May 21 2013 • 11:07pm

    I'm not a huge fan of beets and I never thought to put them in a salad! This looks great and a good way to add beets to my diet. Thanks!

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