Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese

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A terrible photo of warm beet salad with bacon and goat cheese ready to eat.

This recipe for Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese is so easy to make, and soul-satisfying. This salad uses all the parts, tops, and bottoms.

Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of red beets with their tops (about 1/2 pound or 3 - 4 beets)
  • 1 - 2 slices thick apple-wood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled, (optional but so good!)

Method

Step 1

Heat oven to 425º F.

Remove the tops from the beets. Wrap the beets in foil and place on a rimmed cookie sheet; place in oven and roast for 25 - 30 minutes, or until they are tender. Open package, allow to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, remove the skins by rubbing them with a paper towel (try to not get the juice on your fingers unless you like the color pink). Cut into halves and then into bite-sized wedges, about 6 wedges per half.

Meanwhile, remove the tough stems from the beet tops, wash the tops, dry well and cut into slices of about 1 inch. Cut the tender stems into pieces also about 1 inch.

Step 2

While the beets are cooling; cook the bacon in a skillet until just beginning to brown, but not crisp. Add the olive oil along with the tender stems and saute 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tops and saute until tender, about 7 - 10 minutes. Add the beet wedges, salt, pepper and the balsamic. Toss well to coat. Serve warm with goat cheese crumbled over if desired.

 

 

 This recipe uses all of the beet, tops, and bottoms

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I love beets and have them growing in my garden almost year-round.  This Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese is one I especially enjoy in the wintertime because it’s so, warm and earthy.  I also love that this recipe uses all of the beet, tops, and bottoms.  

Whether you plan to use them or not, always buy beets with their tops, the tops should look fresh and healthy.

When working with beets it’s best to use a paper towel to remove the skin, or your fingers will be pink (well, that’s when you are working with red beets, yellow beets do not have the same issues). The pink will usually wash off after a couple of times washing with soap and water, but sometimes the color doesn’t come off as easily as other times. My fresh beets from the garden seem to fade quicker than those I get at the store. Not sure why. Perhaps age?

You can make this salad with red or yellow beets, or a combination of both. If you don’t love goat cheese, try Feta in its; place. 

If you cannot find beets with their tops, you can substitute chopped Kale. 

Yield: 4 servings

Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese

A terrible photo of warm beet salad with bacon and goat cheese ready to eat.

This recipe for Warm Beet Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese is so easy to make, and soul-satisfying. This salad uses all the parts, tops, and bottoms.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of red beets with their tops (about 1/2 pound or 3 - 4 beets)
  • 1 - 2 slices thick apple-wood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled, (optional but so good!)

Instructions

Step 1

Heat oven to 425º F.

Remove the tops from the beets. Wrap the beets in foil and place on a rimmed cookie sheet; place in oven and roast for 25 - 30 minutes, or until they are tender. Open package, allow to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, remove the skins by rubbing them with a paper towel (try to not get the juice on your fingers unless you like the color pink). Cut into halves and then into bite-sized wedges, about 6 wedges per half.

Meanwhile, remove the tough stems from the beet tops, wash the tops, dry well and cut into slices of about 1 inch. Cut the tender stems into pieces also about 1 inch.

Step 2

While the beets are cooling; cook the bacon in a skillet until just beginning to brown, but not crisp. Add the olive oil along with the tender stems and saute 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tops and saute until tender, about 7 - 10 minutes. Add the beet wedges, salt, pepper and the balsamic. Toss well to coat. Serve warm with goat cheese crumbled over if desired.

Notes

If you don't have beet tops, you could substitute chopped Kale in its place.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values may not be 100% accurate


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Judy Miranda on February 17, 2013

    Sounds yummy. Hubby & I love fresh beets & greens. I have used a white balsamic vinegar flavored with jalapeño that really gives a nice flavor without being hot.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    83
  • Fat
    7g (2g Sat, 4g Mono, 1g Poly)
  • Carbohydrate
    4g
  • Dietary Fiber
    1g
  • Cholesterol
    5mg
  • Sodium
    397mg
  • Protein
    3g

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