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Beet Salad with Feta Cheese and Walnuts

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta cheese is genuinely one of the most delicious salad combinations. The perfect side dish. With the addition of crunchy walnutsarugula, and a simple 3 ingredient balsamic dressing, this salad is finger-licking good.
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You can never go wrong with a salad like this one. It’s a simple beet salad, yet very elegant to present at parties, dinner with friends, or as a side dish for a weeknight family dinner.

Other than this beet salad recipe, I repeatedly make two more beet salads, the 4 Ingredient Beet salad and this Traditional Russian Fish Salad with layers of vegetable fish and topped with cooked grated beets. Both can be made ahead of time.

I love making salads ahead of time, and this beet salad with feta cheese is no exception. Making a beet salad ahead of time is easy. Beets can be roasted days before and kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Precut and add the salad ingredients in a mixing bowl; just leave the dressing on the side until ready to serve.

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How do I roast beets in the oven for a beet salad? 

To roast beets in the oven,

  1. Heat the oven to 400F. 
  2. Prepare an oven-safe baking dish or pan.
  3. Wash the beets. 
  4. Loosely wrap with foil each whole beet individually. (size doesn’t matter, wrap each separately)
  5. Roast for 50-60 minutes or until fork-tender.

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The easiest way to Peel the Beets without getting dirty 

Set the roasted beets aside until warm enough to handle. Use a paper towel or gloves to gently rub the skin away from the beet to keep your hands clean. The skin should peel easily; If not, the beet needs to be cooked more. 

Do I peel the beets before roasting? 

Nope, no need to peel the beets. You can cook them just like they come. After the beets are cooked, it’s easy to peel them. The skin practically comes off. 

How to boil beets on the stovetop?

If you prefer, which I often do, to cook beets on the stovetop, add beets to a large pot fill the pot with water. Cook for 45 minutes or until fork-tender. 

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What Ingredients go into a Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

You will need just four ingredients to make a filling, roasted beet salad. 

You will need just four ingredients to make a filling, roasted beet salad.

Roasted beets, toasted walnuts, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh baby arugula. That’s all. Very easy to find ingredients at the grocery stores. The dressing for this beet salad can be whisked together fast. All you will need is balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. SO easy!

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How to Make a Quick Beet Salad

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Roast Beet Salad with Feta Cheese and Balsamic Dressing

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta cheese is genuinely one of the most delicious salad combinations. The perfect side dish. With the addition of crunchy walnutsarugula, and a simple 3 ingredient balsamic dressing, this salad is finger-licking good.
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 340kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 beetroots, cooked (about 300g, mine were baby beets, so I took 6)
  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • cup walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the beetroot.
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  • To make the dressing, place ingredients in a jar and shake very well.
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  • Place arugula in a serving bowl. Top with sliced beets, feta, and walnuts. Drizzle dressing on top.

Notes

*To cook the beet, wrap each beet in a piece of aluminum foil. Place wrapped beets on a large baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until soft enough to poke a fork in.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 813IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2mg

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