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Fall Salad with Beets and Apples

Photo: Helen Norman
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 5 hrs
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Perfectly balanced with different flavors, textures, and colors, this salad is a colorful addition to any fall spread.


  • 1 pound red or yellow beets, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium-size sweet onion, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 6 thick applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Gala apple (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced
  • 3 cups firmly packed baby arugula
  • 3 cups loosely packed frisée torn
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts

How to Make It

  1. Microwave beets and water to cover in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain and rinse beets.

  2. Stir together white balsamic vinegar, next 3 ingredients, and 2 Tbsp. water; pour into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Add beets and onion. Seal and chill 4 hours.

  3. Drain beets and onion, reserving 1/3 cup pickling liquid. Discard remaining liquid. Whisk together olive oil, next 2 ingredients, and reserved 1/3 cup pickling liquid until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss together bacon, next 5 ingredients, and desired amount of dressing. Serve with beets, onions, and remaining dressing.