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Warm Salad of Roasted Beets and Toasted Walnuts

Warm Salad of Roasted Beets and Toasted Walnuts

The Beet Goes On

You know, I used to be one of those people who thought beets were nothing more than those sad, limp slices that came out of a can, swimming in a murky, vinegary liquid. Blech. But then I had my first bite of a freshly roasted beet, and let me tell you, it was a total game-changer. The earthy sweetness, the vibrant color, the satisfying crunch – I was hooked. And when you pair those magical beets with the nutty crunch of toasted walnuts and the creamy tang of goat cheese? Well, my friend, you’ve got one heck of a salad on your hands.

Roast to Perfection

Now, I know what you’re thinking – roasting beets sounds like a lot of work. But let me let you in on a little secret: the folks at Love Beets have taken all the hard work out of it for us. These pre-cooked, vacuum-sealed beauties are a total lifesaver, especially when you’re trying to whip up a show-stopping salad in a hurry. Just toss ’em in the oven for a quick roast, and you’re good to go.

Of course, if you’re the type who likes to get their hands dirty (and who isn’t, really?), you can always roast the beets yourself. Just wrap ’em in foil, pop ’em in a hot oven, and let the magic happen. It might take a little longer, but trust me, it’s worth it. The caramelized edges, the intense flavor – it’s like biting into a little piece of beet heaven.

The Dressing Dilemma

But let’s not forget the real star of the show here – the dressing. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Dressing? Bah, I can just toss some oil and vinegar on there and call it a day.” But oh, my friend, you have no idea what you’re missing.

This honey-Dijon vinaigrette is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s got the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory, with a little kick of shallot to keep things interesting. And the best part? It comes together in a snap, thanks to the magic of the immersion blender. Just toss all the ingredients in a jar, give it a whirl, and voila – instant salad dressing perfection.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But what if I don’t have an immersion blender?” Well, fear not, my friends. You can easily whisk the dressing together by hand, or even give it a good shake in a jar. The key is to really emulsify the oil and vinegar, so that the dressing clings to every bite of your salad.

The Finishing Touches

Okay, so you’ve got your roasted beets, your toasted walnuts, and your dreamy dressing. What’s next? Well, let me tell you, the devil is in the details when it comes to this salad.

First up, the greens. Now, I know a lot of folks like to go for the classic mixed greens, but I’m telling you, arugula is where it’s at. The peppery, slightly bitter flavor is the perfect foil for the sweet beets and creamy dressing. Plus, it just looks so darn pretty, don’t you think?

And let’s not forget the goat cheese, shall we? Now, I know not everyone is a fan of the funky stuff, but hear me out. The tangy, creamy cheese is the perfect counterpoint to the earthy beets and crunchy walnuts. It’s like a little flavor explosion in your mouth, and trust me, it’s worth the splurge.

The Grand Finale

So, there you have it, folks – the ultimate warm salad of roasted beets and toasted walnuts. And you know what the best part is? It’s not just a side dish, it’s a full-on meal. Top it with some grilled chicken or seared salmon, and you’ve got a dinner that’s fit for a king (or queen, or anyone in between).

But don’t just take my word for it. Head on over to Geo-Cuisine, our little slice of Georgian heaven here in Brooklyn, and try it for yourself. Trust me, once you’ve had a bite of this salad, you’ll be hooked for life. Beets have never tasted so good!

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