Golden and red beets are combined with watercress, creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts to create a colorful winter salad. Before you roast the beets, cut off the greens and reserve them for another use.
- 3 golden beets, trimmed and washed
- 6 red beets, trimmed and washed
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 5 Tbs. crème fraîche
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
- 1 tsp. minced shallots
- 4 cups baby watercress
- 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Place the golden and red beets on a baking sheet. Coat the beets with 3 Tbs. of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and roast until the beets are fork-tender, about 1 hour. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1-inch wedges. Meanwhile, in a salad dressing emulsifier, combine the lemon juice, crème fraîche, the remaining 5 Tbs. olive oil, the dill and shallots. Squeeze the lever to emulsify. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper. Arrange the beet wedges in a layer on a platter and top with the watercress. Garnish with the goat cheese and walnuts. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and serve immediately.