Red and Golden Beet Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

My love affair with beets came relatively late in life. I'm only sorry I didn't know their tender texture and subtle sweetness much sooner. If you have someone in your life is still on the fence about beets, this may be the recipe that will help them turn the corner! 

To roast the beets, cut off stem end and wrap individually in aluminum foil. Roast on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 1 hour, or until beets are fork-tender. When cool, slip off the outer peel (I use disposable gloves for this - beet juice stains everything it comes into contact with!).

3 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs, such as marjoram, thyme, or basil
4 medium roasted beets preferably multicolored, peeled
1/4 – 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onion ends, for serving

Allow beets to cool after roasting. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and sugar in a small bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the oil and continue whisking until the dressing is emulsified. Whisk in the herbs. Slice, quarter, or grate the beets, depending on size. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Pour dressing over beets. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with chives before serving. Refrigerate if serving cold, then top with chives for serving.

Red and Golden Beet Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Red and Golden Beet Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad

This salad is summer on a plate for me. The red, white, and blue brightens any summer meal. Sometimes I omit the dressing and greens and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over just the watermelon, blueberries, and feta.

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons red or sherry wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh herbs to taste, such as chopped fresh basil, thyme, or rosemary
2 cups arugula, mâche, or baby spinach
2 cups watermelon, cut in sticks or cubes
1 pint fresh blueberries
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled or grated

Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad

Whisk the mustard and honey with the vinegar in a small bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue whisking until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add fresh herbs from the garden if available. Toss to coat the greens with the dressing (reserve any extra dressing) and divide onto 4 to 6 serving plates with the watermelon, blueberries, and feta. If using for a cookout, assemble salad ingredients together in a large serving bowl and dress just before serving. Pass extra dressing, if desired.

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