Roasted Beet Salad with Walnut Dressing and Cheese Crisps

Impressive and Delicious Fall Recipe

PHOTO Roasted Beet Salad with Walnut Dressing and Cheese Crisps
Impressive and Delicious Fall Recipe
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

The intensely colored ruby red and golden beets sparkle like the little jewels they are in this salad.


  • 3 to 4 small red and/or golden beets, tops removed, washed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar or Banyuls vinegar (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 bunch baby dandelion greens, stems removed, leaves rinsed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • (about 6 cups or 6 ounces of greens)
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, stems removed, leaves rinsed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • Cheese crisps (recipe below)
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 12 inches square. On one half of the square, place the beets, 2 tablespoons olive oil, water, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Fold the opposite side of the foil over to cover the beets, and seal all the edges tightly to form a packet. Place the packet on a baking sheet, transfer it to the oven, and cook until the beets are tender, about 45 minutes. (The beets are done when a paring knife is easily inserted into the

    middle.) Remove the packet from the oven and set it aside, unopened, for about 10 minutes.

    Remove the beets from the foil packet. When the beets are cool enough to handle, gently rub off the skin, using a paper towel. Slice the beets into 1/8-inch-thick rounds (use a mandoline if you have one), and set aside.

    Combine the vinegar, shallot, honey, mustard, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a blender, and mix well. While the blender is still running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream, blending until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Transfer the dressing to a mixing bowl, and stir in the walnuts and tarragon.

    Place the dandelion greens and the chard in a large bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) of the dressing over the greens, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. In a separate mixing bowl, toss the sliced beets in 1 tablespoon of the dressing, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

    Divide the greens among four to six serving plates, and garnish with the sliced beets and the Cheese Crisps. If desired, spoon more dressing over each salad.

    Note: Banyuls vinegar is made from Banyuls wine, which is a fortified wine from southern France and is considered to be the French version of port. Banyuls vinegar has a sweet and nutty flavor, which is generally thought to be milder than red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. It tastes something like a cross between balsamic vinegar and sherry vinegar and either can be used as a good substitute. Banyuls vinegar can be found in specialty markets.

    Note: 4 to 6 servings

    Cheese Crisps:

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, "Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Eating Fresh" courtesy MSLO, Inc

    Cheese crisps can be made from most hard cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Montasio and Asiago. They make easy snacks that can be spiced up with dried herbs and spices. Cheese crisps make a fine accompaniment to soups and salads or they can be served on their own with cocktails.


    3/4 cup shredded hard sheep's milk cheese, such as Bianco Sardo


    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat, or parchment paper.

    Spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart, place 1-tablespoon mounds of the cheese on the Silpat. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook until the cheese melts and turns golden brown, about 7 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on the baking sheet. Use the crisps as a garnish for soups and salads.

    Note: About 12 crisps

    Food styled by Karen Pickus

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: red beets, golden beets, toasted walnuts

    Course: Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish, Salad, Vegetable