Fresh roasted beets over a bed of baby spinach with tomatoes, avocados, onions and feta cheese drizzled with a balsamic dressing. You can cut this recipe in half for 4 servings, though it so good the next day too that I always make plenty.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place the beets into a large bowl, and drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Lay out 2 large squares of aluminum foil on a work surface, and place 3 beets onto the center of each sheet. Fold the aluminum foil into 2 envelopes, sealing the beets into the packets; place the packets into a baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Check for tenderness after 1 hour by piercing a beet with a fork. Open the foil, and allow the beets to cool until they can be handled; peel, and slice.

  • Lay out the spinach leaves on an attractive oblong-shaped serving platter. Sprinkle pieces of tomato and avocado over the spinach leaves, and top with chopped red onion. Lay the sliced warm beets over the salad, and top with crumbled feta cheese.

  • Whisk together balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and Dijon mustard until smooth; pour over the salad to serve.

Nutrition Facts

413 calories; protein 7.2g 14% DV; carbohydrates 28.2g 9% DV; fat 31.9g 49% DV; cholesterol 12.6mg 4% DV; sodium 400.3mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2011
This was surprisingly good. I didn't much care for the salad dressing but once I put it on the salad all of the ingredients came together quite nicely and it tasted like something you'd have in a gourmet restaurant. My husband who has never cared for beets even ate almost his entire bowl of salad. The different ingredients didn't seem like they would mesh well but they combined quite nicely and the salad looked very pretty as well. I'm glad I tried it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/06/2018
Did not care for the dressing so I couldn't really enjoy the salad. Will make again but will use store bought dressing. Read More
96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2011
This was surprisingly good. I didn't much care for the salad dressing but once I put it on the salad all of the ingredients came together quite nicely and it tasted like something you'd have in a gourmet restaurant. My husband who has never cared for beets even ate almost his entire bowl of salad. The different ingredients didn't seem like they would mesh well but they combined quite nicely and the salad looked very pretty as well. I'm glad I tried it. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2011
Saw that I had some beets ready in the garden today so I used this recipe I had saved. I scaled it down to make 2 servings and it turned out great! Both hubby and I loved it. Nice balance of sweetness from the beets tangyness from the dressing and saltiness from the feta. Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2011
This salad was an easy weeknight addition to our menu. I used store bought roasted beets and arugula instead of spinach. You don't need to use all the dressing in this serving but save it for another salad later in the week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2011
I love beets and have recently fell in love with roasting them! I made this salad today and am so happy with my lunch: ) feels healthy and tastes yummy! Added some sunflower seeds - a nice crunch. Will definitely try with goat cheese next time Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2011
Great combination of flavors-from veggies to dressing! Thought it might need a little more of something (herb or spice) to add additional layer of flavor just not quite sure exactly what. Could not find any arugula so put it over a bed of mixed greens. All in all very tasty and glad for the recipe post monkeydoo3! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2011
This was a great way to incorporate many of my favorite veggies most importantly beets. Dressing was tasty and a perfect compliment. My husband asked me to make it again the next day for dinner. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
This was my first time ever trying beets. I really liked this! I cheated a little and used pre-cooked organic beets from Costco so this took less than 5 minutes to prepare. Omitted the avocado as I did not have any and decreased the olive oil to 1/4 cup but was otherwise true to the recipe. My husband and I ate the whole bowl. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
I'm not even a big beet fan but the combination of flavors was terrific. I made it for a luncheon and it was a hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2012
The salad was awesome! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/06/2018
Did not care for the dressing so I couldn't really enjoy the salad. Will make again but will use store bought dressing. Read More