Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts – SRC

by Suzanne on September 12, 2011

Roasted Beet Salad with Caramelized Walnuts: Thru The Bugs

I love Winnie over at Healthy Green Kitchen.  She was one of the first bloggers to comment on my blog after I started in this biz.  She creates lots of fabulous dishes that really make my mouth water.  Her food always looks fabulous, credit to her great photography skills, and tastes as good as it looks.  I know because I’ve also made her Tomato Ginger Jam and her award winning Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini (more than once I’ve made this).  And it’s all very healthy because Winnie is a naturopathic doctor as well as a recipe developer, food writer and photographer.  She has recently taken on the title of Bee Keeper, too.  And has her own chickens with fresh eggs.  A lady with enumerable talents!

Winnie100In fact, I love her so much that I have her autograph in a cookbook in which she was published.

I could go on and on about this sweet and wonderful lady.  But I know you are salivating already.

I was assigned Winnie’s blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  Choosing was the difficult part.  The nice thing is that all of Winnie’s recipes are simple and delicious.  So when I saw her Roasted Beet Salad with Greens and Candied Pecans I knew it was going to be great and get me in and out of the kitchen without a lot of fuss and muss.

This is a perfect weeknight salad (as long as you have already roasted your beets and make up some extra candied walnuts).  And the flavor is tangy, sweet and plays as many notes in your mouth as a Rachmaninov concerto.

Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts

adapted from Healthy Green Kitchen


For the Walnuts

2 cups chopped Walnuts
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp melted Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Ingredients for the salad:

6-8 medium-large Red Beets
4 cups clean Spring Mix Greens
1 head Red Leaf Lettuce, cleaned and chopped
1 cup Candied Walnuts
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Feta Cheese
4 Tb. Olive Oil and 2 Tb. Fresh Lime Juice for the dressing
Himalayan or Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste

For the walnuts:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a 375°F oven for 10 minutes. Toss and bake for about 5 minutes more. Store what you don’t use in the salad in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

For the salad:

Scrub beets, remove ends and wrap in foil. Place in a 375°F oven and roast for 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Peel then slice. Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Serves 8.

Winnie mentioned this was a great salad for their Thanksgiving meal – which really isn’t that far away.  YIKES!

Mountain Man and I sat down to this treat with our grilled lamb chops, my special half-baked potatoes, and English peas the other night. MM eyed the salad with that certain skepticism that normally accompanies something different on the table.  After the first bite, I thought he would probably lick his salad bowl.

I know I did.

Beets leaving some behind in the bowl.


Check out all of the great food bloggers in this month’s SRC recipes.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Winnie September 12, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Girl you flatter me too much- I am getting all teary eyed over here from all the nice things you said. Sniff sniff.
Thank you for trying this recipe and I am so very glad it was a hit 🙂


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

It was my pleasure – and the pleasure of several other people that happily ate this salad over the weekend. 🙂


india-leigh@aveganobsession September 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

that looks so lovely, all the textures and flavours. Great dinner salad. Love the picture too.


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Thanks so much! I tried to really bring out all of the beautiful colors in the salad.


Melissa@IWasBornToCook September 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

LOVE this salad!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Thanks! But be careful. It’s very addictive!


Mari September 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Great salad!! i love the candied walnut in it. Perfect for autumn. Thanks 😉


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I could eat these walnuts for a little snack when I want something a bit sweet!


Katrina September 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I just want to know if you had to look up how to spell Rachmaninov correctly? 😉

LOVE this kind of salad. Do did Winnie use pecans and you use walnuts? It says pecans throughout the recipe, but you titled it walnuts. Either way–I am what I eat and I don’t exclude any nut! I just wish I had some beets right now.


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I had to go as far as my piano bench to find the spelling. 😀 And yes, dang it. I used Walnuts, she used pecans. Good grief! I went to our Central Market here and they had ALL kinds of beets. I love them too. I’m glad you like nuts. I like you, too. 😉


Alta September 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I am ALL about candied nuts. And beets. Especially roasted beets. Definitely my kind of salad. You know, this would be lovely at a holiday dinner table. I know I’m thinking a bit ahead, but we all know it’ll be here before we know it.


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I know that Winnie said she served hers last Thanksgiving, and I can assure you it will also be on my Thanksgiving table, too. Would be great for a light lunch with a bit of grilled chicken, too!


Lisa~~ September 12, 2011 at 7:02 PM

How fun that you were assigned a blog that you love. Great looking salad and it sounds delicious.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

Cook Lisa Cook


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Winnie has so many great dishes on her blog, it was difficult to choose!


sara September 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

What a gorgeous salad! Such great colors and flavors…this looks delicious! 🙂


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 12, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Thanks so much, Sara! And thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. (Love the kitty.)


Shelby September 13, 2011 at 4:21 AM

This salad looks (and sounds!) mouthwatering. I love beets so much and those candied walnuts really are the icing on the cake!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 13, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Thanks so much, Shelby! It’s been a few days since I’ve had some of this salad. I think it’s about time to make it again! Thanks for stopping by.


Katherine Martinelli September 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I love Winnie too! Her blog is awesome. This recipe looks sooo good. My husband has recently fallen in love with beets and I have some on hand right now so will be making this soon!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

And who can’t love Leo the Cat. LOL! Thanks for hopping by!


Katherine Martinelli November 6, 2011 at 4:26 AM

I’d already fallen in love with this salad – thanks for linking it up at my salad blog hop! And reminding me that I need to make it ASAP!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield November 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Glad you like it! It is one of my all-time favorites!!!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield November 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

It is DELICIOUS! And great for a crowd or pot luck. Always fresh, yummy and filling!

Karriann Graf September 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

What a gorgeous salad, thanks for sharing! Happy Cooking!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 13, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I think I’ve become addicted. Had a little more tonight. Thanks for stopping by!


Claire September 14, 2011 at 4:52 PM

and i just bought some beets–perfect~~I know what I am having for lunch tomorrow!!!!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

You’re gonna love it!


Feast on the Cheap September 15, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Beet salad is my FAVORITE. This looks so delicious


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Thanks so much! Winnie is wonderful and so is this salad. I’m addicted!


Georgia Pellegrini September 15, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I love Winnie too! And these salad looks sublime.


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Hi, Georgia! Thanks and thanks for “hopping” by!


lisamichele September 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

First off…I love the name of your blog! Secondly, I jut started liking beets about a year ago, and I can’t believe what I was mising for all these years! This salad is not only gorgeous, but I love the sweet, salty, savory and textural contrast in it. Fantastic choice!!


Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Thank you! and Thank you again! And so glad you found beets! 😀


Wendy (The Local Cook) January 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The salad looks delicious, and I love the idea of roasting extra beets and candying extra nuts ahead of time. Thank you so much for linking to the salad recipe roundup!


Suzanne January 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

And, btw, those nuts are fabulous on ice cream, too. 😉


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