Red Beet Salad with
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

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by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure

This is the perfect salad for 2…or a nice side dish for a few.

Salad ingredients:

  • 4–5 small-ish beets, or 2–3 large ones
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Handful of walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash the beets. Peel the garlic. Wrap the beets and the garlic in tinfoil and place in the oven. Roast for about 1 hour, or until a knife goes through easily. It’s OK if the beets are still firm after roasting.
  3. When they’re finished, the beets should be really easy to peel. Just be careful—they’re hot! Also, be careful because that red juice gets everywhere! Rinse your hands and cutting board when you’re done. Chop the beets into bite-size pieces.
  4. Meanwhile…toast the walnuts in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Dressing ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (I like red wine)
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 roasted garlic gloves, mashed up
  • Dash of salt

Mix up the dressing and toss with the chopped beets. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts. Delicious served hot or cold!


Maya Rodale is the author of multiple historical romance novels, as well as the nonfiction book Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained. She has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Manhattan with her darling dog and a rogue of her ownmayarodale.comHer latest book is The Tattooed Duke.


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6 Responses to Red Beet Salad with
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

  1. Bobbie Akerlund-Kotas March 16, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I would like to be able to print these recipes from my iPad and I do not see a way to do this. Any advise? This recipe looks great!

  2. Kerstin Pollack March 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    In this recipie one is told to use the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour. This seems to be totally contradictory to any consciousness about saving the planet. I almost never use the oven nor do I pollute the air by barbequeing.

  3. Traci April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Kerstin –

    How do you cook without heat?

  4. Barbara Faye Cain April 11, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Guess you could grill them, but you would be consuming propane or polluting the air with smoke from the charcoal you might use. Would provide a nice smoky flavor, though, especially if you used some hickory wood chips. This recipe sounds delicious. I love beets and garlic! Putting the two together…yum!
    Some folks say the use of the microwave is the worst thing you can do for your health. I believe we need to improve our choice of food items first and then worry about our heat sources. Eat healthy!! So hard to do sometimes, but healthy foods are the best tasting, every single time!!

  5. Gina July 11, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    A toaster oven works great to roast beets. Also, less electricity is used.

  6. Robin Kerwin July 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I roasted mine in my crock pot… according to all I’ve read its only “pennies” per hour of cooking use when food is crock potted.
    took appox. four hours … wrapped in foil
    delicious !!

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