Monday, May 16, 2011

Farmers Market Kale and Beet Salad

The farmers market yesterday was bursting with the most gorgeous beets. B and I picked out some bright pink and golden yellow ones and came right home to roast them. We added sliced chicken breast to the salad and had it for dinner. The kids loved the sweet beets and tangerines that mellowed the just slightly bitter kale, and the goat cheese added the perfect tangyness. Nuts sprinkled over the top created a crunchy bite.  Try this beet salad, I think it will be your new favorite. And once you try freshly roasted beets... you'll never eat the canned kind again.
   


Kale and Beet Salad
Printable Recipe
serves 6

8 beets, any color
1 bunch kale, thinly sliced (other greens are okay too)
1/2 red onion, halved and thinly sliced and soaked in cold water (makes them milder by removing acid)
1-2 tangerines, peeled and sectioned 
extra virgin olive oil
champagne vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup slivered almonds, pepitas, or pistachios

Roast beets:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut greens off beets and reserve for another day (they are great sauteed in olive oil). Drizzle beets in olive oil and wrap in foil, or place in a dutch oven and cover. Roast in oven until fork tender, 40 minutes to 1 hour or more depending on size of beets. Cool and slip skins off beets. Cut into quarters.

Place kale in a large bowl along with onions and tangerines. In a small bowl stir together some olive oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and toss. Top with goat cheese, slivered almonds, and beets.

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15 comments:

  1. I heart beets and kale....a perfect salad.

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  2. This recipe looks incredible, and I can't wait to taste it! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. OH my KALE..I've been hearing so much about Kale recently, do you think it's being reinvented?

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  4. I've long disliked beets, but recently I've taken to them. Especially, baby beets.

    We serve (at our restaurant) a local arugula salad with beets, orange segments, and goat cheese. It's always a seasonal favorite!

    Baby Talk without the Babble

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  5. YUM! Beets are my FAVOURITE ;)

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  6. can't wait to try this! it's got all my faves. and you're right: once you eat a roasted beet, there is simply no other way to consume them! xoh

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  7. I love kale. I never had it in a salad. I must try it.

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  8. Kale is one of my secret loves. Before I started culinary school (I wrote about it, here: "Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood" http://amzn.to/eOKJWw on Kindle), I spent a summer learning how to cook every sort of green I had never cooked with before. That's how I discovered kale. Delicious!

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  9. I love kale! And I love your blog! I'm so happy you linked up with us again at the S&R weekend hop! the pictures below are gorgeous. Have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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  10. Oh I love beets - every bite is bliss. Kale is just one notch below on my taste-meter. can't wait to try this!
    Blessings!
    LIB
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  11. Beets are the best! I am always looking for interesting ways to use them in salads!
    My girlfriend loves kale, so I'll definitely be checking this recipe out!
    Keep it up with the nice salads! :)

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  12. Hi, that salad looks great! Thanks for the recipe. I had to scroll down a bit because I am gluten and dairy free but when I saw this I was hooked and decided to follow your blog. So glad that you explain how to roast the beets. I know they are very healthy but have not known what to do with them.

    I found your blog through the Sit and Relax Weekend Hop, I'm following your now. Hope you'll follow me back :)

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  13. This kale and beet salad looks wonderful. Love the colors in those beets.
    It is vegetarian week at Get Grillin' we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don't have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect!
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  14. I am grilling beets for the first time tonight and going to attempt to make a salad with kale...just found this while searching for ideas! Yum yum yum!!

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  15. This salad looks terrific and healthy too. I just wonder how can I feed this to my children since they don't like vegetables.

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