For some reason, I cannot think about beets without thinking about Dwight from The Office.
I love the show, and his character’s obsession with his beet farm is hilarious. He has a huge beet farm that he owns and operates with his crazy cousin. I just can not take beets seriously because all the other characters on the show make fun of the vegetable to get a reaction from Dwight.
But after making this salad, I definitely have insight into Dwight’s adoration of his beets. They are quite delicious!
I roasted three or four beets, but only used one for the salad. The greens to beet ratio is definitely lacking on the greens. If you are making this for more than two, I would suggest beefing up the beet greens with kale or whatever suits you.
Roasted Beet Salad with Beet Greens
makes two side dish portions
adapted from Roasted Beet Salad with Beet Greens and Feta
3 medium-large beets with greens
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp capers, chopped and drained
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 375. Cut greens off beets and reserve tops. Put the beets in a oiled pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until beets are tender.
Whisk oil, vinegar, capers, and garlic together.
Peel beets. Halve beets and slice thinly. Cover with 1/2 dressing.
Rinse the greens and remove the stems. Allow some water to stay on the leaves. Place in a large pot on high heat. Stir the greens until wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and squeeze out excess water. Chop coarsely and toss with remaining dressing.
Arrange the greens and beets on a plate and top with crumbled feta.
Trader Joe’s sells these little frozen garlic cubes that are so convenient! They are perfectly portioned and eliminate the extra time of peeling and mincing garlic.