Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette
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About This Recipe

Hello, Napa Valley aficionados, home chefs, and wine connoisseurs! It's Lily, and today, I'm thrilled to unveil a delightful dish that has been turning heads: my Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette recipe. This dish draws inspiration from Napa Valley's bountiful produce and, in particular, an enticing Half Baked Harvest beet salad recipe I recently stumbled upon.

During a sunlit saunter through Napa's farmers' markets, I was taken by a patchwork of colorful, nutritious beets that called out to me, encouraging a culinary endeavor that's a true testament to our region's fresh ingredients. The end result is a beet salad with feta and walnuts, a blend so harmonious, it's like music to the palate. And the added zing of the lemon vinaigrette beet salad dressing introduces a freshness that ties everything together.

Wondering about beet salad calories? Given the healthy nature of the ingredients and the light citrus vinaigrette, this dish is relatively low in calories, making it a guilt-free pleasure. But its richness in flavor makes it apt as a sumptuous main or as an accompaniment to dishes like herb-infused chicken or succulent pork tenderloin. And to wrap up your meal, how about diving into a Napa signature— a zesty lemon olive oil cake? A slice pairs seamlessly with a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc or a bubbly rosé from one of Napa's celebrated vineyards.

To ensure the freshness and authenticity of your beet salad recipe with feta, make your way to the St. Helena Farmers' Market or the Oxbow Public Market in the heart of Napa. Here, you'll find organic beets, artisanal feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts straight from local groves.

Now, let's talk wine, an indispensable part of any Napa dish. This beet salad is crying out for the accompaniment of a lively Sauvignon Blanc or a radiant Rosé of Pinot Noir. I'd recommend perusing selections from Frog's Leap or Cuvaison Estate Wines— both embody the excellence of our valley.

In wrapping up, my rendition of the Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette doesn't just offer a taste but an experience— an immersion into the farm-to-table ethos of Napa Valley. By choosing locally-sourced ingredients and complementing your fare with Napa's finest wines, you're not just making a meal; you're creating memories.

So, dive in, explore, and relish the authentic flavors of Napa Valley with each bite. Happy cooking!

The Vibrant Power of Beets

Beets, the star ingredient in this Roasted Beet Salad, are not only a feast for the eyes with their deep red hue but are also packed with nutritional value. These earthy, sweet root vegetables have been a staple in various cuisines for centuries and offer a range of health benefits:

  1. Rich in Nutrients: Beets are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese.
  2. Heart Health: The nitrates in beets can help lower blood pressure, promoting heart health.
  3. Dietary Fiber: High in fiber, beets can aid in digestion and support healthy gut function.
  4. Detox Properties: Betalains, a unique compound found in beets, have been shown to support the body's detoxification process.
  5. Antioxidants: They are loaded with antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and inflammation.

Roasting Beets to Perfection

Roasting is a fantastic way to draw out the natural sweetness of beets, intensifying their flavor. Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure perfectly roasted beets every time:

  1. Prep: Start by washing and scrubbing the beets clean. Remove the greens (you can save them for another dish!).
  2. Wrap: Individually wrap each beet tightly in aluminum foil. This helps to steam the beets while they roast, making them tender and easier to peel.
  3. Roast: Place the wrapped beets on a baking sheet and roast at 400°F (200°C). The exact roasting time can vary depending on the size, but generally, 45-60 minutes will suffice.
  4. Test: The beets are done when you can easily insert a fork or knife.
  5. Cool & Peel: Once cooled, the skin should slide right off when rubbed with a paper towel or using gloves.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I substitute the feta cheese in the recipe? Yes, if you're not a fan of feta or need a dairy-free option, you can use goat cheese, blue cheese, or even vegan cheese alternatives.
  2. How long can I store the roasted beet salad? The salad, without the dressing, can be refrigerated for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Add the dressing just before serving.
  3. I have a nut allergy. What can replace the walnuts? If you have a nut allergy, you can omit the walnuts or substitute them with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for a crunchy texture.
  4. Can I use pre-cooked beets? Yes, you can use pre-cooked beets to save time, though roasting fresh beets at home can enhance the flavor of the salad.
  5. What other dressings can I use for this salad? While citrus vinaigrette complements the earthiness of the beets, a balsamic vinaigrette or apple cider vinaigrette would also pair well.

Achieve Salad Perfection

  1. Toast the Walnuts: Taking the extra step to toast the walnuts can elevate the flavor profile of the entire dish, giving it a rich, nutty undertone.
  2. Season Gradually: When making the citrus vinaigrette, add salt and pepper in increments, tasting as you go. This ensures a perfectly seasoned dressing that complements rather than overwhelms the salad.
  3. Serve Chilled: For a refreshing taste, chill the beets after roasting and before adding them to the salad. This contrast of temperatures can be delightful, especially during warmer months.

By following these insights, your Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette is sure to be a hit, capturing the essence of Napa Valley in every bite!

Recipe Overview

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


For the salad:

  • 4 medium beets, scrubbed clean and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

For the citrus vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil, sealing the edges tightly.
  2. Place the wrapped beets on a baking sheet and roast for 45-60 minutes, or until they are fork-tender. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of the beets.
  3. Allow the beets to cool until they can be handled. Wearing gloves to prevent staining, peel the beets and cut them into wedges.
  4. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed baby greens, roasted beet wedges, crumbled feta cheese, and toasted walnuts.
  5. To make the citrus vinaigrette, whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey in a small bowl until well combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Just before serving, drizzle the desired amount of citrus vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  7. Serve this beautiful Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette alongside a glass of velvety Napa Valley Pinot Noir for an unforgettable dining experience that showcases the diverse flavors of our enchanting wine country.

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