Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but now that the weather’s starting to cool down, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. This was my first time cooking with beets, believe it or not, and I was so excited to discover how easy it was. Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you — it’s really not that difficult or time-consuming. I adapted this recipe from the “Balsamic Roasted Beetnuts Salad” from Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. Serve these beets and vinaigrette over lightly sauteed greens (I used kale fresh from my backyard garden!).
- 4 medium beets, scubbed and tops + root tails trimmed
- 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup plus 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
- Cover the beets and 1 tsp. salt with water in a medium pot over high heat. Boil uncovered for 20-30 minutes, until the beets are easily pierced with a fork. Drain. Peel the beets with your hands while running under cold water (you can also use a vegetable peeler if you are having trouble).
- Meanwhile, toast the almonds on a baking sheet for five minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and maple syrup and cook for five minutes, stirring constantly.
- Transfer the nuts to a cutting board and allow to cool, then chop coarsely.
- Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
- Cut the beets into quarters and toss with four teaspoons of the olive oil in a medium bowl. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, return to bowl, and toss with 2 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar. Return to baking sheet and cook for an additional five minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Combine the remaining two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, mustard, 1/2 tsp. salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the remaining seven tablespoons of olive oil.
- Serve roasted beets over greens and toss with balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy warm or cold.