Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby Beet Salad

I picked a bunch of baby beets the other night and made this delicious salad for dinner.  The recipe is an adaptation from one I read on Cat's wonderful blog, The Whimsical Gardener.  It's easy and so very tasty. 

The ingredient list is pretty simple:  baby beets, goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and if you really want to gild the lily, add a sprinkling of Truffle Salt over the salad. 

A quick aside about Truffle Salt:  In a word...fabulous!  

My good friend Linda brought some roasted winter vegetables to my house as part of a dinner party one night and she had sprinkled the vegetables with Truffle Salt after they were roasted.  They were delicious!.  I couldn't believe how much flavor this finishing salt added to the vegetables.  Unbelievable.  My sister bought a jar of Truffle Salt on a recent shopping trip and we thought it might be a tasty addition to this salad.  It was. :)

OK...back to the beet salad.

I cleaned and scrubbed the beets, placed them in a foil pouch, sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, and roasted in a 400F oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Pretty simple.  While the beets were roasting, I placed about a cup of pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and put in the same oven and roasted for 15 minutes, keeping a close eye on the pumpkin seeds because they can go from perfectly roasted to burnt to a crisp in seconds.  

I then peeled the beets...(a rather messy job, but so worth it :)

...thinly sliced them, sprinkled some goat cheese over the beets, scattered the toasted pumpkin seeds over the top, topped with a little extra virgin olive oil and pinch of Truffle Salt (a little goes a long way) and voila...Baby Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Truffle Salt!

Buon Appetito!


  1. Yum...haven't tried the truffle salt - I'll definitely give it a go! Thanks for the link love ;)

  2. You really should try the truffle salt, Cat. It adds a depth of flavor to most any dish. Thanks for the beet salad idea!

  3. I've got to try this! Looks like you had a good beet crop :-) I planted some carrots and spinach today, but I'm going to wait a little bit to plant some beets. Won't be long, though. Thanks for the recipe :-)