Golden Beet, Watercress, and Gorgonzola Salad




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Golden Beet, Watercress, and Gorgonzola Salad ~ this healthy salad is hearty and satisfying but at the same time delicate and pretty.  Serve it as a side dish or a light lunch.

Once February rolls around you’re allowed to officially start daydreaming about spring.  Any earlier than that and it’s just pathetic.  I think our bodies need an infusion of salad veggies after so many months of winter.  The golden beets keep this salad hearty and firmly rooted in seasonal reality, but the baby radishes and the sprigs of watercress give it a whisper of spring.

Beets are great veggies to have around.  Not only do they keep forever before you cook them, they keep really well in the fridge after you’ve roasted, peeled and chopped them.  That makes them a great base for quick easy salads.   Another thing about beets: they sure take a heck of a long time to roast…I roasted 4 medium golden beets in foil in a 400 degree oven for at least and hour and a half and they were still very firm.  Be sure to do it the day before or you’ll starve waiting for them to cook.

I equate watercress with vitality and energy, and it’s packed with health benefits.  It has a peppery flavor kind of like arugula, and between the stems and the leaves it adds interesting texture to salads.

Golden beets, baby radishes, thinly sliced red onion, watercress, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.  The dressing is up to you.

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    Tessa
    February 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

    What a gorgeous salad! Lovely colors!

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    yummychunklet
    February 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    These beets look so yummy and yellow that I might forgive the fact that they’re beets!

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    Joanne
    February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve really been trying to get myself to like beets and I think this salad might be the way to go! I love how beautiful it is…so many vibrant colors!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    February 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Honestly, I felt better just looking at your photos – imagine how I’ll feel when I eat your beautiful salad! really delicious – a perfect step towards Spring :)
    mary x

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    Magnolia Verandah
    February 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    What great photos full of summery colours. Have never bought golden beets but will keep my eye open for them. I love watercress and find it more than a little difficult to find at the market so have resorted to sowing some seeds myself. As it is mid summer here this is a perfect salad.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    oh the salad looks delicious and so light and refreshing. Love the colors going on in it!

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    Sarah
    February 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Spring?… How I wish it was already here! I love your bright and healthy salad and if you’d ask me, Gorgonzola is something I’d love to have on any given day! :)

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    Sarah
    February 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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    Victoria
    February 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    whisper of spring?? SHOUT LOUDER BABY RADISHES!!! We are truly still in the midst of winter over here!! But you gorgeous salad has me dreaming of the lighter, longer, warmer days to come x

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    February 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I’m a sucker for a salad. This one looks delicious with the yellow beets and watercress. We had an arugula and baby spinach with feta and steak tips tonight. It was to die for.

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    annie
    February 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This looks so good Sue. I love beets, especially golden beets. I think I’m going to try to figure out the recipe from Little Next Door…it was a citrus dressing with orange…so good.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I haven’t come across golden beets but they are beautiful, I will give this salad ago (with red beetroot) as it looks and sounds fantastic.

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    Catherine
    February 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Dear Sue, You have such a beautiful site and I am pleased to come across it. This salad look beautiful!! It’s light, healthy, and delicious I am sure! Blessings, Catherine xo

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    Jacquelyn
    February 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    What a beautiful and colorful salad. It totally makes me think of spring. Spring is just around the corner. Yaay!

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    Barbara
    February 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Is there anything better than a crisp fresh radish? I have one every day in my salad. And I love them plain with a little salt.
    Combined with beets, lettuce and sliced red onion you have an absolute winner!

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    Amy
    February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Mmmm, looks like my kind of salad. I need to eat watercress more often–sounds great with beets though. Love this minimalists monday!

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    Mary
    February 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This is another absolutely gorgeous salad! I’ve never tried watercress. It looks so cool!

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    Stephanie
    February 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    It looks delicious! I am definitely adding some color to my winter salads this week!

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    Stephanie
    February 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’m loving this new minimalist Monday you’ve rolled out. I hear you on thinking thoughts of spring! The golden beets here are beautiful looking, as are the radishes.

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    February 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful. I think golden beets are my favorite. Love any variation…and I’m glad to get the okay (cuz I have Spring Fever something bad!) . :D

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