Beet Salad With Red Onion, Mint and Pistachios

Total Time
1hr 15mins
15 mins
1 hr

From Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live well as found on the website. This made for a delicious main dish meal last night. If you don't have the beet greens, go ahead and substitute other greens: heirloom lettuce, arugula, watercress, m^ache, red loose leaf, etc.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Preparing the beets: Cut off the greens and set aside.
  3. Place the beets in an ovenproof dish and add enough water to cover the bottom.
  4. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour or until they pierce easily with a knife.
  5. Remove beets from the oven and allow to cool.
  6. Peel and discard the skins (depending on how young the beets are I sometimes skip the peeling part). Cut them into wedges or slices. *Remember*: Keep the red beets separate from the golden beets to avoid the red beets bleeding.
  7. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of sherry vinegar on the red beets and the other one half teaspoon on the golden beets. Toss to coat and set aside.
  8. (Read *Note below before starting this step.) Assembling the salad: Wash well and coarsely chop the beet greens. Place in a colander.
  9. Slice the red onions into thin rounds and place on top of the greens.
  10. Boil 1 cup of water then pour over the beets and onions. Drain well and pat dry.
  11. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the mint and beets.
  12. Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sherry vinegar and the olive oil.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper; toss.
  14. Garnish with the pistachios.
  15. *Note: the photo that accompanied this recipe on the site shows the vegetables all arranged on a platter in their own little mounds and the ingredients were not tossed together. I chose to serve the salad with each ingredient placed in mounds for a more beautiful presentation. The nuts were of course scattered on top of the salad.