This composed two-toned beet salad is a showstopping way to highlight the vegetable's natural beauty. We recommend dressing the red beets separately from the golden beets to preserve each one's rich jewel coloring (red beets aren't shy about spreading their natural beauty around).
1 pound red beets (about 3 medium beets), trimmed
1 pound golden beets (about 3 medium beets), trimmed
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chopped watercress
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Wrap beets in foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from oven; remove from foil. Cool.
Combine oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour half of oil mixture into a separate medium bowl. Spread watercress over a large serving platter.
Remove skin from cooled beets; cut each beet into 8 wedges. Add red beets to one bowl of oil mixture; toss to combine. Add yellow beets to other bowl of oil mixture; toss to combine. Arrange beet wedges over watercress; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and cheese. Drizzle with any remaining vinaigrette from bowl used to dress golden beets.
This is healthy, tasty, and makes a beautiful salad that can be used for almost any occasion. This was my first time cooking with beets, and they can be a little messy, but I will definitely be making this again!
I LOVE BEETS and Goat cheese, and this really set them out front! I made this for our neighborhood get together on New Year's day, and it was all the rave. Great presentation, and the watercress went perfect with it. Very easy to make, and yes, make sure you keep the red and yellow beets separated until serving time.