Wrap beets in parchment paper. Microwave at HIGH until tender (about 7 minutes). Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
Combine shallots and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add beets; toss gently to coat.
Blood Orange Salad: Prepare base recipe through step Section 1 blood orange over a bowl; squeeze to juice. Place sections in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons toasted walnut oil, 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to juice; stir. Add beets, 2 cups greens, and orange sections; toss. Top with 1/3 cup chopped unsalted, dry-roasted pistachios and 2 tablespoons goat cheese.
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Calories 229; Fat 3g (sat 7g); Sodium 247mg
Couscous, Mint, and Almond: Prepare base recipe through step 1 with 1 pound beets. Bring 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water to a boil. Add 1/3 cup couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Combine 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beets and couscous. Top with 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 3 tablespoons mint. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) Calories 201; Fat 9g (sat 2g); Sodium 254mg
Toasted Spices: Prepare base recipe through step Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, and 1 diced carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Add beets. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cilantro. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) Calories 147; Fat 3g (sat 1g); Sodium 218mg
My husband and I both enjoyed the salad immensely. Considering how quickly it comes together, it's delicious and elegant. Our 6 year-old may need a bit more convincing, however. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/ZzAuQ0