Seasonal Sunday: Roasted Beet Winter Salad

Whoops….did we totally miss a post for Savouring Saturday?  Our bad!  Guess Sam and I were way to consumed with doing Christmas lights and getting Christmas trees yesterday.  Well, how about making up for it with a Seasonal Sunday recipe??

This recipe is a new favorite for both Sam and I.  We created it quickly one day when we were in the midst of making 15 pies from scratch.  With the kitchen all toasty, a salad seemed like a logical and satisfying choice.  So, I rummaged through the fridge and discovered some tasty flavors: beets, chevre and pecans.  The flavors and textures in this salad make it very addictive….so, we have officially added it to our repertoire and wanted to share the scrumptious combo with you, too.  Don’t you just love it when a spontaneous creation rapidly turns into a classic?  Well, here ya go!

DSC_3142First step is to make the pecans into a crazy addictive creation!  A little egg white, water, brown sugar, and cayenne (of course).

DSC_3144DSC_3145All mixed up and ready for the oven!  They will be wet, but that is the goal.  Now, spread them out on a cookie sheet lined with Silpat or heavy duty foil that has been sprayed…cuz these nuts can stick!

DSC_3146Bake them in a *350 oven…stir them after about 10 minutes.  They will be sticky, but will start drying out.

DSC_3149Check on them after another 10 minutes….keep your eye on the look-out, cuz these babies will go from almost there to burnt in no time…and there ain’t nothin’ worse than the bitter taste of a charred nut!

When the nuts are all ready, prepare your salad with spring mix, chevre and roasted beets (these could have been roasting in the oven, or like me, you could have them vaccuum sealed in the fridge already…you can find them at Trader Joe’s or probably any grocery store. for that matter.  They are so deliciously sweet!)

DSC_3153Now, you can make your own vinaigrette, which I’m sure would be fabulous.  But, remember, this recipe was created in a pinch when our world was covered with flour and apples…ahhhh pie day!  So, I used my favorite store bought dressing: Champagne Vinaigrette.  It was the perfect flavor note for all the other ingredients!

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And there you have it!  A Roasted Beet Winter Salad to die for!

DSC_3151I think you will love the sweet, tart and spiciness of this combination!  Yum!!

xoxo

Chanda

Beet winter salad