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Shredded Swiss Chard and Roasted Beet Salad

Ready for a truly great side salad? This dish is rustic, filling, and very good for you.

When I’m in a pinch for a side salad, I usually wind up throwing tomatoes, carrots, some kind of nut, and any other veggie within reach onto a bed of spinach or mixed greens. I drizzle with lemon juice or some kind of vinegar for dressing and call it a day.

Although that method works just fine, sometimes I want a salad with more personality.

Swiss chard, I feel, is a completely underrated leafy green. It’s delicious and packs some serious nutrients – watch out, kale.

I think it’s best when finely chopped. I have found that guests and kiddos are less inclined to hesitate before eating a salad if they can’t tell what the leaves really look like. Chopped is always best.

To top the chard, I roasted some fresh beets (very simple), sprinkled with shelled pistachios (best invention ever), and tossed with a dressing of orange juice and balsamic vinegar.

If you’re not concerned with keeping food strictly paleo (like I am during my Paleo Challenge), I recommend you take this salad to the next level with a sprinkling of goat cheese. NOM.

Enjoy.

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Shredded Swiss Chard and Roasted Beet Salad

Ingredients:

4 cups Shredded Swiss Chard

3 Fresh Beets (peeled, cubed, and roasted)

½ cup Shelled Pistachios

1 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1/8 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/8 cup Fresh Orange Juice

Kosher Salt & Cracked Pepper

Directions:

Roasted Beets

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut the ends of the beets off and peel with a potato peeler.

Cube the beets into 1” pieces.

Toss the beets with the EVOO, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spread on the baking sheet so that the cubes are not touching each other.

Roast at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Salad

Toss all ingredients together and enjoy!

Time: 35 minutes

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. This looks yummy. This is what all my meals have been looking like and I do the same thing, throw in every veggie I can find. But I haven’t tried beets yet or fresh spinach. Thanks for this will try.

    January 17, 2013
  2. Chickachef #

    Beets are such a beautiful vegetable. I think this salad is great and will definitely try it. And, because goat cheese is definitely in my diet, that will top it as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    January 17, 2013

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