Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese

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    If your only memory of eating beets involves a cold vegetable that comes out of a can, you will be blown away when you taste a freshly roasted beet. Sweet, tender and full of flavor – when beets are slowly roasted the natural sugars caramelize and create a delicious flavor unlike anything you’ll ever find in a can. Fresh orange juice and rosemary adds a subtle background note while roasting that naturally complements the rich flavor of the roasted beets. To serve, we love adding a bit of crunchy texture with chopped pistachios and creamy tanginess from crumbled goat cheese.

     

    Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese

    Serves 6
    $3.82 per serving


    Ingredients

    ·        12 medium beets, skin-on and scrubbed clean

    ·        ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice - divided

    ·        2 stems fresh rosemary

    ·        ½ tablespoon olive oil

    ·        3 cups arugula

    ·        1 medium pear – thinly sliced

    ·        1/3 cup pistachios – chopped

    ·        3 oz. goat cheese – crumbled

    ·        salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions 1.      Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and line a glass baking dish with tin foil.

    1. Place beets in the foil-lined pan and top with ¼ cup of the orange juice, 2 stems rosemary and the olive oil. Toss well to make sure beets evenly coated.
    2. Cover pan tightly with more foil and roast for 45-60 minutes or until beets are fork tender. Let beets cool completely in pan before handling.
    3. When beets are cool enough to handle, carefully remove the skin using a small, sharp knife. Quarter peeled beets and set aside.
    4. Scatter arugula across a large serving platter and top with quartered beets. Add pear slices and sprinkle with pistachios and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle remaining ¼ cup fresh orange juice and salt/pepper to taste before serving.


    Notes: To prevent red-stained hands, you may wish to wear kitchen gloves when handling beets.


    Nutrition Facts (per serving):
    197 calories, 8.7 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 11 mg cholesterol, 246 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 6.4 g fiber, 7.6 g protein


    Recipe courtesy of Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl. HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is provided for informational use only. You should consult with your doctor.