Beet Salad With Spinach and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Beet Salad With Spinach
Beet Salad With Spinach. (Diana Rattray)
  • 90 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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This beet salad is a combination of beets, spinach, and bacon along with pecans or walnuts. For a heartier salad, add some shredded or crumbled cheese. Swiss, cheddar, feta, or goat cheese are all good choices.

The beets may be boiled or roasted in the oven or slow cooker. See the instructions below the recipe for how to cook beets.

What You'll Need

  • For the Salad:
  • 2 to 3 slices bacon (diced, or about 3 ounces of diced pancetta)
  • 1 pound beets (trimmed, cooked, peeled, and diced)
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup red onion (thinly sliced)
  • Optonal: pecan halves or walnuts, toasted*
  • Optional: shredded cheese or crumbled goat cheese or feta
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or a similar gourmet mustard)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

How to Make It

See how to cook beets, below.

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry the diced bacon until crisp or fry the pancetta until browned. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  2. Arrange spinach leaves on 4 salad plates. Top with diced beets, diced bacon or pancetta, red onion, and pecans or walnuts. If desired, top with cheese.
  3. In a bowl or blender, combine the garlic, salt, pepper, mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar. Whisk or blend in the olive oil in a steady stream. Drizzle the dressing over the salad or serve on the side.

    How to Cook Beets

    Boiled Beets: 

    1. Wash and trim the beets, leaving about 2 inches of the stem and root ends.
    2. Place the beets in a large saucepan and cover with salted water (about 1 teaspoon of salt per quart). Add a few teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice to the water.
    3. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue to cook for about 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the beets.

    Roasted Beets: 

    1. Wash the beets and trim, leaving an inch or two on the stem and root ends. 
    2. Rub the beets with a little vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper; wrap in foil and bake at 375 F for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. The time varies depending on the size of the beets. You can also roast the beets in the slow cooker.

    *Arrange the pecans or walnuts in a dry skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the nuts are lightly browned and aromatic.

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