Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Cranberries
This healthy beet and kale salad tossed in a maple balsamic dressing and garnished with maple walnuts and goat cheese is ridiculously delicious!
4 cups beets, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
1 cup walnut halves
⅓ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
4 packed cups of curly kale, washed, stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
½ cup dried cranberries
Optional: ¼ cup goat or cheese or a diced avocado
FOR THE DRESSING:
6 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove grated
A pinch of sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle the oil over top. Use your hands to toss them in the oil. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until they can be priced using some pressure with a fork.
WHILE THE BEETS ARE ROASTING PREPARE THE REST OF THE SALAD
Add the walnut halves to a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Let them cook until they are fragrant and start to brown in places, shaking the pan frequently. Pour over the maple syrup and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Let them cook, stirring constantly, until the maple syrup has almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Remove the walnuts from the pan and place them on a piece of parchment paper, separating them from each other as much as possible.
Add the kale, candied walnuts, cranberries, cheese or avocado to a large bowl. When the beets come out of the oven let them cool slightly then add them to the bowl too. Pour the dressing over top and toss well so that everything is coated.
TO MAKE THE DRESSING:
Combine all the ingredients EXCEPT the oil in a medium-sized bowl. Slowly add the oil in a thin steady stream while whisking the dressing constantly. If the oil starts to build up at all stop pouring it and whisk the dressing vigorously. It will take you about 1 minute to whisk in the oil. Taste the dressing and season it with extra salt, to taste.
Recipe adapted from theendlessmeal.com