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This kale and beet salad is a healthy vegetarian fall salad with dried cranberries, pecans, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

This kale and beet salad is a healthy vegetarian fall salad with dried cranberries, pecans, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword beet and kale salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Inactive time: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Natasha Bull

Ingredients

  • 4 small beets peeled & quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 bunches kale tough stems removed & torn into small pieces
  • 1/4 medium red onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup halved or chopped pecans

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle position.
  2. Prep beets. Add the beets to a baking dish along with 1 tbsp of olive oil and some salt & pepper. Toss until they're coated and roast for 35 minutes or until they're cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. 
  4. Once the beets are done, let them cool for a few minutes then add them to the salad and toss everything together until coated. 
  5. You can serve immediately, but I like to let the salad dressing sit on the kale for about 30 minutes - it helps soften it a bit. 

Recipe Notes

  • I don't massage my kale, and I don't really think it's necessary if you remove all the tough stems [ but if you normally massage your kale for salads, go ahead :) ]. With that said, kale is pretty tough in general, so I like to let the dressing sit on it for a while prior to serving. You can prep this salad up to an hour ahead and nothing in here will wilt. I suggest covering it and storing it in the fridge if you do make it ahead. 
  • I used one bunch of "normal" kale, and one bunch of red kale. 
  • Serves 4-6.