I'm all about salads, even in the cold weather. I use vegetables a lot and roasting them is a great way to enhance their flavor and get them a softer texture - add them to some leafy greens and you have a pretty healthy and tasty salad.
Beets are always the kind of root vegetable that people either love or hate. I love them and usually boil them in hot water for about 20 minutes until tender and add them to whatever protein I'm cooking, serving them as a side dish, seasoned with olive or avocado oil, salt, freshly ground pepper and balsamic glaze. These is a great and simple side dish and the glaze, as opposed to the simple balsamic vinegar gives it a thick consistency which works great with the earthy flavor of the beets!
This time I was in the mood of roasting vegetables so i decided to whip up this tasty salad.
1 - Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2 - Peel the beets, slice them in medium thickness slices and arrange them on a baking sheet so they won't overlap. It's better to do this wearing some plastic disposable gloves if you don't want your hands turning purple, from the beets!
3 - Peel and dice the red onions in big chunks and add them to the beets. Season with the salt, freshly ground pepper, fresh thyme and garlic powder.
4 - Give it a swirl, mixing everything together in order to spread the seasoning all over the vegetables. Add the avocado oil and the balsamic glaze and roast the beets in the oven for about 35 minutes. With this cooking time they'll be crunchy, just like I like them. If you want them softer cook them for an additional 10-15 minutes.
5 - Turn the heat off and take the vegetables out of the oven.
6 - Assemble the salad on a serving plate: lay the arugula leaves on the bottom, add the roasted vegetables (don't forget to remove any big thyme sprigs) and give it a toss to get some seasoning from the beets on the arugula too.
7 - Add some crumbled goat cheese and the walnuts on top of the salad and drizzle some extra balsamic glaze on top as a finishing touch.
Lovely and tasty! This was perfect for a cold snow day in new Jersey.
Have you tried winter salads yet? I'd love to know all about it in the comments. Don't be shy and share you favorite ingredients!