Ricotta Salata Roasted Beet Fall Salad
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Ricotta Salata Roasted Beet Fall Salad

Drizzling a little balsamic reduction on this simple Ricotta Salata Roasted Beet Fall Salad will elevate this colorful side dish into a taste sensation.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian beet salad, ricotta salata recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 389kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD

Ingredients

  • 3 beets medium (about 2 pounds) with tops
  • 3 rosemary, fresh sprigs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces toasted
  • 4 ounces ricotta salata

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450° F. 
  • Cut the tops from the beets and set aside as we will be using them in our salad. Scrub the beetroot well.
  • Place beetroots and rosemary sprigs at the center of a large piece of aluminum foil. 
  • Drizzle olive oil on beets.
  • Wrap the beets with foil, allowing space for steam to build up. Alternatively, can wrap up each beet individually.
  • Roast the beets for about 1 hour or until they can easily be pierced with a knife.
  • Carefully unwrap the beets and discard the rosemary.
  • When cool enough to handle, remove the skins. Cut the beets in quarters and set aside.
  • Combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer, uncovered, until reduced to about 1/4 of a cup. Note that this reduction will thicken as it cools.
  • In a bowl, toss the beetroots with the beet greens; add remainder 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with golden raisins, walnuts and ricotta salata. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
  • Can be served warm or at room temperature.

Notes

If you do not like beet greens, you can substitute with other greens such as kale or mesclum.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*adapted from Cook's Secret Magazine

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.5mg