Beet Salad with Cocoa Balsamic Vinaigrette 1

It seems to me like you can get good fresh beets almost year-round.  I think they can be planted and grow in a range of conditions, and store really well, so I have been finding good local ones all the time.

For me that means I have had a real Ted and Robin like relationship with beets lately.  I’ll go through a few weeks where I love beets, can’t get enough of them, and eat them every day.  Then I get super sick of them, and we take a break for a while.  Then I remember how delicious they are and it’s back to bffs.

I was on a break from beets when I saw a beet salad on a menu I couldn’t resist.  Cocoa+Hazelnuts+Beets!?  I mean, seriously, I had to try it.  One bite and I fell in love with beet salads all over again.  And now not only is that one of my favorite restaurants, it’s one of my all time favorite dishes!!

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I hadn’t wanted to make it at home, because I was a little unsure if I could get it just right.  I also didn’t want beet burn out again, because that salad is just too good to live without.

But when I opened my produce box this week and there were 3 beautiful beets, I knew I wouldn’t have to think of how to use them.  It was time.

The great news is that my version was just as good (if not a little better because I was able to go buck wild with the hazelnuts at home).  The less great news was that I am going to have to figure out how to not make this all the time so I don’t get tired of it and we can stay together forever!!

Health highlights of beets: aside from being oh so pretty, beets are also super rich in healthy nutrients.  They are packed with fiber and antioxidants.  They are anti-inflammatory and their combo of nutrients has been shown to reduce risk of cancer risk.

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Vegan Beet Salad with Cocoa Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (sub for maple syrup if you do not eat honey)
  • hearty pinch Sea Salt
Salad
  • 3 cooked Beets
  • 5 ounces Baby Arugula
  • ½ cup Toasted Hazelnuts
Instructions
Dressing
  1. In a large bowl add the cocoa, balsamic, olive oil, honey, and sea salt
  2. Whisk well to combine, set aside
Salad/Assembly
  1. Chop the beets into bite sized pieces
  2. In the bowl with the dressing add the beets, arugula, and hazelnuts
  3. Toss to combine
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 

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