Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad


Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner #sidedish


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I'm pretty excited to share this salad with you today and I hope you are as wowed as I am with it.  It's one that a local restaurant has on their menu and after having it twice this past month, I was determined to make it at home.  I fell in love with the flavors, textures and of course the ingredients.

The first time I had this salad was on a lunch break with a friend. I think I let her do most of the talking as I busy chowing down... I ate every last grain of quinoa!  The next time another friend and I went on my birthday - this time I took mental notes of how I was going to make this at home.  That next weekend I went to the farmer's market and bought my own beets to roast.  I found a great tutorial here that was easy to follow and they turned out perfect.  If you prefer or don't have the time, store bought would be just fine - just don't leave them out - they are one of the stars of the show!

Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield 4 side salads
Ingredient
    Salad
    • 8 slices of sliced beets (diced)
    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 3 cups arugula
    • 1/3 cup candied pecans
    • 1/4 cup chevre (or goat) cheese
    Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
    • 1/2 clove garlic minced
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • S&P
    Instructions
    Dressing
    1. In a small food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until smooth
    2. Toss with arugula
    Salad
    1. Plate the dressed arugula onto 4 salad plates
    2. Divide the rest of the ingredients on the salad - first the quinoa, beets, cheese and top with pecans
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    The sweetness of the beets, combined with the peppery flavor of arugula, whole grains, creamy cheese and the candied pecans along with the tangy honey mustard vinaigrette are a perfect combination.  What a flavor explosion in your mouth!  This salad is easy to make and is definitely company-worthy!  Your guests would be impressed.

    Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Just for fun, I wanted to see how they would fit in jars - I could imagine these going on my next picnic with me!

    Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Arugula Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Try another salad - Mexican Quinoa


    16 comments:

    1. My favorite way to eat beets is roasted, and I love that you added quinoa to this salad to make it extra hearty. What a delicious meal! :)

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    2. I discovered Beets this year, and this looks perfect to have them with! Next I guess I should discover quinoa. Thanks for sharing with us on Foodie Friday Deb

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    3. Stopping by from Freedom Fridays - this salad looks really good. I started roasting beets last year and discovered how good they are - and healthy, too. I look forward to trying this recipe - pinned it.

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    4. What a gorgeous salad Deb! Love the roasted beets and pecans in here! The honey mustard dressing sounds perfect with everything!

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    5. Deb, my sister-in-law is crazy about beets and I have to share this beautiful salad with her! Pinning and hope you have a great week!

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    6. I'm not a huge fan of beets, but I'd be willing to try them in this salad since they are bite-size! :) My hubby loves them, so this would be perfect for him!

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    7. I have never had roasted beets - but they look so pretty in this salad, Deb! I need to give this a try! :)

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    8. Oh, my goodness, this is beautiful. I love all the ingredients- so this will be my new favorite salad! Pinned! :)

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    9. This salad, Deb! I LOVE it!! This is totally the type of salad I'd love to serve when friends come over.....or, better yet, the type of salad I'd love for you to serve to me when I come over!!! ;)

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    10. I love the combo of quinoa and greens!

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    11. What a beautiful salad! I like beets but I run out of ways to prepare them. I can't wait to try this!

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    12. This is such a great salad! I can just imagine how delicious the roasted beets taste!

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    13. I can't blame you for wanting to create this salad. It sounds wonderful!

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    14. I need to add more salads into my diet!

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    15. oh this looks so good! I love new salads to try!

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