Beet Salad

No surprise that beets are one of the healthiest foods out there, containing antioxidant phytonutrients that boast anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits.  Plus, they are quite tasty and colorful in a salad.  While beet salads are trendy right now, this recipe has some unique twists with juicy orange segments, creamy ricotta, and toasty macadamia nuts.

 

Ingredients

  • 8-10 ounces dark leafy green (baby kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc)
  • 1 ½ cups, cooked and diced red beets
  • 1 ½ cups, cooked and diced golden beets
  • 2 oranges, segments removed
  • ¼ cup fennel, diced
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese*
  • ¼ cup macadamia or pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

*Look for fresh ricotta, or a boutique brand ricotta, in the specialty cheese case at your grocer.

Preparation

  • Beets can be bought freshly prepared from many store delis. Or, to cook beets, and preserve the most nutrients, fill a steamer pot with 2 inches of water.  Add beets with skin on, cover and steam for 15 minutes.  Remove beets from the pot and rub the skin of with a paper towel.  Let cool before dicing
  • In a large bowl, toss the greens with a conservative amount of olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Toss until all of the greens are well coated.  Transfer the greens to a large platter or divide between plates for a nice presentation like shown in the picture.
  • Sprinkle the fennel and beets over the greens. Place the orange segments throughout the beets.
  • Dollop the ricotta cheese over the top of the salad, and sprinkle with the nuts.