Beet and Arugula Salad

Embellish dinner with a beautiful and flavorful salad.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 40 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

6
medium beets (4 to 6 ounces each)
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1
tablespoon Dijon mustard
1
teaspoon sugar
2
cups arugula leaves, watercress or bite-size pieces salad greens
1/2
cup crumbled chèvre (goat) cheese (2 ounces)
1
tablespoon chopped walnuts, toasted, if desired

  • 1 Remove greens from beets, leaving about 1/2 inch of stem. Do not trim or cut root. Wash beets well. Place beets in 2-quart saucepan; add enough water to cover. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 40 to 50 minutes or until tender; drain.
  • 2 Cool beets 1 hour. Remove skins from beets under running water; drain beets on paper towels. Cut beets into julienne strips; place in shallow glass or plastic dish.
  • 3 In tightly covered container, shake oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Pour over beets. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 12 hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before preparing salad.
  • 4 Arrange beets on 4 salad plates. Top with arugula and cheese. Drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired. Sprinkle with walnuts. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

Substitute 1 can (16 ounces) julienne beets for the cooked fresh beets. Marinate as directed in step 3.

Beets range in color from the common deep garnet to white and gold. Although any color beet can be used in this salad, marinate each color separately because beets have a tendency to "bleed."

Chèvre is a white goat's milk cheese with a mildly tart flavor. If you prefer a slightly more assertive flavor, try a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort.

To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350ºF oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
255
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
7g
7%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
22%;
Vitamin C
14%;
Calcium
12%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 3 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.