MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- (Family Features) Perfect for any season, Baby Beets and Greens Salad showcases earthy beets, tangy goat cheese and toasted nuts in bright, citrus-beet vinaigrette. Don't be intimidated -- it takes just a few minutes to prep and serve this show-stopper.
Beets are the star of the salad and the dressing. Using high-quality Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets saves time -- they're picked, pickled and packed at their perfect ripeness, so they retain their farm fresh flavor and high antioxidant profile. Simply add drained, bite-sized baby beets to salad greens and reserve the beet liquid for the salad dressing.
The combination of the tangy-sweet beets balanced by leafy greens serves as a base for mixing and matching various nuts and fruits. If almonds aren't a favorite, get creative and coat the goat cheese rounds in chopped, toasted pecans or pistachios instead. For a little extra sweetness, dried apricots or other favorite dried fruits make fun salad toppers.
This flavorful dish is fancy enough for company, but can easily be enjoyed on a weeknight with grilled chicken or steak.
For additional recipes and serving suggestions using pickled beets visit www.auntnellies.com.
Baby Beets and Greens SaladPreparation Time: 20 minutes1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets2 tablespoons lemon, lime or orange juice1 teaspoon lemon, lime or orange zest Salt and pepper1/4 cup olive oil1 package (about 10 ounces) mixed salad greens1/2 cup dried apricot strips (1/4-inch wide) Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds (instructions below)
1. Drain beets; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid in small bowl. For dressing, whisk together beet liquid, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper, as desired, then whisk in oil.
2. Divide greens among 6 salad plates. Top with beets and apricot strips. Place 1 or 2 goat cheese rounds on each salad, as desired. Pass dressing.
Makes 6 servings.
Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds
Cut 6 (1/4-inch thick) rounds from one 4 to 6 ounce goat cheese log. Coat rounds with finely chopped toasted nuts (almonds, pecans or pistachios). Double if desired.
Nutrition information per serving with one goat cheese round (1/6 of recipe):
260 calories; 7 g protein; 18 g carbohydrate; 18 g fat; 260 mg sodium; 18 mg cholesterol; 3 g dietary fiber; 1 mg iron; 0.05 mg thiamin; 2054 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C.
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