Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beet Heart Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette


Everything is coming up roses-at least that's how it feels in Colorado. Our weather has been incredibly warm and I'm almost not wanting winter to return. I'm sure it will, but in the meantime I swear my roses are starting to turn green; not a good thing so early in the season. So speaking of roses, (great segueway, huh?), Whole Foods has a great rose special for your favorite valentine. If you get there fast you can score 1 dozen fair trade roses for $12.99 or two dozen for $20. Last year the Whole Foods closest to me ran out, so this year I hope Manservant gets there early.


Now if you are thinking roses, it might be best if you take a look at this chart. Since everyone seems to be talking shades of grey lately, I thought it best that we add in some prettier colors. Rose colors, if you will. During the Victorian era the language of flowers was an important thing to know. Flowers often conveyed messages of love or dislike, so be careful what you choose, Make sure that posy is sending the right message.

· Red - true love, passion and respect
· Dark Red - beauty, perfection and adoration
· Pink - romance and admiration
· Deep Pink - appreciation, gratitude and sincerity
· Light Pink - sweetness and gentleness
· Orange - desire, passion and excitement
· White - spiritual love, purity and new beginnings
· Yellow - warmth, joy and friendship
· Lavender - love at first sight

When I look at this list I think I deserve one of each color! But truthfully my favorite shade of roses are pinks. I love the palest pinks and the deepest pinks. What about you?


Saturday night finds us at an engagement cocktail party for one of Zoe's close childhood friends. Since it ends at 7 and I'm not sure we are going to want to go out for dinner, we will probably end up at Whole Foods. (Yes, this is a Whole Foods post!) They have some great dinner for two specials, such as salmon or a petite sirloin or even an eggplant portabella napolean; each with truffled mashed potatoes and asparagus. The specials are $24.99 for two which seems like a great deal to me! Add some cheese before hand, a bottle of wine and a little chocolate for dessert and you've got a romantic evening ahead of you. Well, I hope you do!

I love a salad before my meal, so this year I might jazz up the evening with this fancy schmancy beet salad. This might be one way of getting your kids to eat beets. It's kind of weird that I never served beets to my kids and now they are the rage. Zoe loves a beet salad and what is more perfect for Valentine's Day? I do love all the pink and red desserts that are out there, but this is another way to add some shades of red to your meal and make your family feel special. This is a superb salad, and the dressing is over the top. You will be making it to serve on all your greens.


Beet Heart Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
Serves: 2-4
Time to Make: About 15 minutes
Ingredients for dressing:
1/3 c maple vinegar OR 2 T maple syrup and 3 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t chopped garlic
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 to 1/2 t salt
a few grindings of pepper
1 1/2 t Dijon mustard
3 T olive oil
1 T mayonnaise
Ingredients for Salad:
2 beets cooked
1 good size handful of your favorite greens (I used arugula)
3-4 ounces of honey goat cheese
1 handful of chopped hazelnuts or your favorite nut
1 handful of pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries, cherries or strawberries
2-3 thin slices of red onion
2 T of pretty micro greens
Directions:
Make your dressing by combining vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Whisk in Dijon mustard. (My favorite kitchen tool is my teeny little whisk.) Now slowly whisk in the oil and get a little emulsion going. Last, add the mayo and whisk that in to. (This is optional, but it gives the dressing a creamier texture.)

Take your cooked beets and cut them into thin slices. Pull out your small valentine heart cookie cutter that is hiding somewhere in THAT drawer. Cut your beets into hearts. Put about 1 T of goat cheese between two beet hearts. Set aside. Now on individual plates throw on those greens. Toss on some hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds or dried fruit, a few wisps of red onion and maybe some leftover beet pieces and a little more goat cheese. Last but not least, add a flourish of micro greens. Top with a beet and goat cheese heart.

You could toss this salad ahead of time with the dressing, of which you may or may not want to use all of. I like to drizzle it on at the table because I think the salad is so pretty before it is tossed.

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55 comments:

  1. This is a heart healthy and delicious salad, Abbe.

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  2. Lavender is my favorite color of roses. We had lavender at our wedding.

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  3. I don't know if it's considered a shade but my favorite is the hybrid with yellow and orange.
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  7. Peace roses are my favorites...the ones that are a light shade of pink with yellow in the centers. They smell heavenly!

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  9. The ressing sounds very good..love beet salads!

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  10. My favorite shade of rose must be the coral color - but at this point I would love color!

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  13. I agree with you...my favorite shade of roses are all the beautiful pinks! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  15. My favorite shade of rose is lavender. I only saw this at Whole Foods last year, and when I went back the next day they were gone. So many pretty color roses they have!!!

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  16. I love the beet heart ♥ Such a pretty salad and the dressing sounds delicious. I'll have to tell my hubby about the roses :)

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  17. I gotta clean out THAT drawer one of these day. ;-) We do have one of those heart-shaped cutters, but it's buried somewhere in THAT drawer. Anyway, clever and fun dish -- thanks.

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  18. Your blog looks great! Have a happy weekend, sounds like it is one filled with celebration and fun.

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  19. I love peach colored roses!
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  21. Your salad looks marvelous, Abbe. We ate at Bang last night here in Maddy's neighborhood---ended up ordering a second order of their beet appetizer---so good! Your salad looks just as fabulous! Thanks again for your thoughtful note. xo

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  22. This salad is fabulous- love the heart shape beet in the center. Our favorite shade of rose is hot pink.
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  23. I like white roses.

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  24. I love roses that are two colors like yellow and red or pink and white.
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  27. I love your post. I guess I didn't know the full roster of meanings. I love roses. I have about 30 bushes in my garden of all sizes. If I had to choose a color---probably pink with a heavy fragrance. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  28. I heart this salad (see what I did there?) ;)
    What a refreshing salad!

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  31. I adore beets in salads. I'm making one tonight with grapefruit.

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  33. Hi Abbe, I already subscribe to your site but want to say that I read a book last year about the meaning of flowers, and I am sorry to say many of our conservations in our household go like this, it was so and so, I will think of it eventually.

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  34. Your beet salad is just beautiful.
    My husband got me white roses for a change this year. I think they're gorgeous and really didn't know about their meaning.. I'm glad Hubs doesn't either or I'd be having some questions for him right about now, LOL.

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  35. this is totally my go-to salad: i LOVE LOVE LOVE beets for everything they are: i could eat them all the time, and they're especially delicious on salads with vinaigrettes like this one. just perfect for right now, for sure.

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  36. I'm a sucker for red rose (and red beets). GREG

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  37. I read that list and thought I wanted them all too. Dark red and yellow would be my personal favorites or peach or maybe.. I can't decide!!

    I LOVE beets in anything and I did a beet post today too but mine were in a jar. Your salad is outstanding.

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  39. I'm not for the giveaway, but to tell you that I just LOVE this salad - looks and sounds GREAT

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