Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach and Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

I hope you all had a fabulous Father’s Day weekend.  Did you fire up the grill for burgers and barbecue?  Or did you visit dad’s favorite restaurant and participate in his favorite activities?  My family drove up to Yountville and St. Helena Saturday for brunch and much-enjoyed quality time with my husband, my parents, my sister and brother-in-law.

My parents had their first harvest from their vegetable garden and were generous to give me a basketful of goodies when we saw each other:  eggplants, cucumbers and bell peppers.  After the delightful–but heavy–brunch of chicken and waffles from Bouchon, wine and a sweet treat or two, I was happy to feast on a simple dinner made with homegrown vegetables for dinner that night.

 

Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

If you feel you’ve over-indulged this weekend here’s a summer salad that has a little bit of everything.  We can’t seem to get enough spinach lately.  They go in our smoothies during the day and in salads at night.  And did you know that beets, though they’re often considered a winter vegetable, are at their best this time of the year?  I love them raw, pickled, roasted…any way they’re served, really, but I tend to roast them at home.

When I shared a picture of my peeled beets on Instagram before I roasted them, it prompted a comment from someone that she peels her beets after they’ve been roasted.  Of course I Googled which way is more common and I was surprised to see that I’ve been doing it differently from everyone else!  I didn’t grow up eating home-cooked beets so I just got into the habit of peeling them before roasting them years ago; I never minded the scarlet fingers.  Well.  Next time I’ll go mainstream and do it the other way.  I learned that peeling after preserves their color, too.  You learn something new everyday.

Whichever way you prepare your beets, I think you’ll like this salad as much as I did.  I threw in all the goodies in my refrigerator and pantry that I thought would go well together and you can see from the festive colors how flavorful this salad is.  Salads with a spinach base always go well with a berry-based vinaigrette so I used low-sugar raspberry jam and white balsamic vinegar to drizzle over everything for a light, fruity, tangy finish.  I still have a few wheels of soft cheese so I added blue cheese (brie would work well, too), candied pecans, blackberries, red onions and bacon, of course.  This is a refreshing salad providing multi-layers of flavor–I roasted the beets the night before so they were chilled when I served them with the spinach. This is healthy, summer eating at its best.

 

Spinach and Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

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Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad with Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Loaded with fresh ingredients, this is healthy, summer eating at its best.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ***For the Salad (use the proportions you prefer; this is just a guide for 2 servings)***
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 beets, roasted cooled to room temp and sliced thinly
  • 2-3 slices of cooked bacon, cut in small pieces
  • ¼ red onion, sliced thinly
  • A few slices soft cheese, brie or blue cheese
  • Candied pecans
  • Blackberries
  • ***For the Vinaigrette (good for 2-3 entree-size servings; adjust the proportions according to your taste.)***
  • 3 Tablespoons raspberry jam (or any fruity jam)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons fruity olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Roast the beets: Preheat your oven to 375℉. Arrange them on a baking tray and roast for 35-40 minutes (peeled or unpeeled). Cool to room temperature before slicing for the salad.
  2. To prepare the vinaigrette: combine all the ingredients from the jam to the vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the olive oil and whisk until emulsified.
  3. Assemble the salad and drizzle with the vinaigrette before serving.
Notes
Adjust the vinaigrette ingredients according to your taste. I use a low-sugar jam and white balsamic vinegar is less sweet than the regular variety so this may not be as sweet as you expect. Feel free to add a bit of sugar if that is what you prefer.

 

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Comments

  1. Love the colors and textures of your salad! That berry-balsamic dressing sounds heavenly!

  2. Beautiful salad – love the textures and colours! Maybe I should give beets another chance… :)

  3. This is like MY KIND OF SALAD! I love beets and with the blackberries and that dressing…oh my goodness. My sweet spot.

  4. Delicious, delicious, and so beautiful! Love the berry in the balsamic :)

  5. Looks delish, love those golden beets! I could eat this kind of salad every day!

  6. Wow! When I saw your vinaigrette on Facebook, I just had to come see the salad – it truly does have some of everything delicious in it.

  7. Hi Jean,
    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, and I’m sure you’ll put those veggies to good use. Your salad is so vibrant, fresh, and full of flavour — I love it! Beets are something I too love and in all forms. Thanks for sharing:)

  8. This is my sort of salad.. I love your ingredients, especially the addition of Blue Cheese and candied pecans! How lovely it must have been with that vinaigrette! We have taken to more salads and less meat this spring, it sits so much nicer in the tummy:) xx

  9. Mmmm live it! Thanks for recipe :)

  10. I need to find some golden beets! This looks incredible!

  11. Beautiful salad Jean. Your weekend sounds nice and glad you enjoyed your family. Your photos are lovely as usual.

  12. Beautiful colored balsamic salad dressing Jean ;-) I roast beets quite a lot and love to pick them up at the farmers market-how nice you came home with fresh veggies from your parent’s garden. You created a beautiful healthy salad-just the thing I enjoy eating in the Summer. Sounds like you had a fun Father’s Day weekend and I like that you find inspiration for your blog wherever you go ;-)

  13. What a stunning salad! I have always roasted then peeled but I may have to try your way. Smile. This is a perfect summer salad and I adore your dressing. Happy Saturday!

  14. Your Salad is displaying all the prettiness, awesomeness, happiness in the world :)
    Thanks for the mesmerizing photos and a superb salad idea :)
    Love.

  15. Your Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette looks like it would compliment the hearty rich texture of beets. I will have to try your berry dressing on some of the yellow beets, and pink and white beets I have stored in the fridge.

    Often, I eat beets in a Beet, Walnut, Onion and Blue Cheese Salad, which I featured on my blog http://edinaeater.com/beet-walnut-blue-cheese-salad/. Sometimes, I add little potatoes from the farmers market.

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