Golden Beet Salad
From Pure Flavor by Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Salads need not focus on the lettuce. Here the greens take a back seat to
vibrant golden beets. The salty, creamy blue cheese and the crunchy walnuts
complement the sweet beets. Roasting the beets in water prevents them from
drying out.

* 1 ¼ pounds golden beets, trimmed and rinsed
* 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
* ½ teaspoon kosher salt
* ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    * ¼ teaspoon whole-grain or Dijon mustard
    * 1 ounce spinach leaves or baby spinach, sliced (about 1 cup)
    * 3 tablespoons toasted walnuts
    * 1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled (¼ cup)
Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the beets in a roasting pan and add water to a depth of ½ inch. Cover the pan with foil and bake until the beets are easily pierced with a fork, about 1 ½ hours. Set the beets aside until they are cool enough to handle.

Golden Beets Peel and rinse  off any pieces of skin. Slice the beets into ½-inch-thick rounds, and then cut  them into ¼-inch-thick sticks. Let the beets cool to room temperature.

Toss the beets with the rice vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil and
mustard and toss with the spinach. Garnish with the toasted walnuts and crumbled
blue cheese.

Make Ahead: You can roast the beets up to 3 days in advance; toss them just
before serving.

Serves 4 to 6


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