Roasted Beet Salad w/ Almond Feta
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
Baked Almond Feta
  • 2 cups almond, preferably soaked for a few hours
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
For the Roasted Beet Salad
  • 3 beets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts or pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup almond feta
  • balsamic reduction*
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
For the Baked Almond Feta
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and oil two small ramekins, or one medium sized one.

  2. In a blender, blend all the ingredients together. If you have a high powered blender, like a Vita Mix, there should be enough liquid. If not, you may need to add some water, a tablespoon at a time. Blend until you achieve a smooth paste. Be patient, this could take a few minutes.

  3. Place the almond feta into the oiled ramekins and bake for 50-60 minutes.

  4. Let cool for a bit, and then scoop out the cheese and crumble it up!

For the Roasted Beet Salad
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.**

  2. Wash and peel the beets. Lightly cover in olive oil and then wrap in aluminum foil.

  3. Bake the beets for 45-60 minutes. The time will vary depending on how large your beets are. I normally take them out of the oven after 45 minutes and see if I can poke a fork through the beet.

  4. Once the beets have cooked, let them cool. When you can comfortably touch them, slice them up and then throw them in the fridge to cool off completely.

  5. To assemble the salad, place the greens on a plate. Top with the roasted beets, pecans or hazelnuts, and almond feta. Drizzle the balsamic reduction on top and garnish with a little bit of salt and pepper. 

Recipe Notes

*To make a balsamic reduction, take 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until reduced by half.

**Alternatively, you can throw the beets on the BBQ. Mine normally take about 30 minutes, but everyone's BBQ's are different so make sure to check on them!