Beet Kick

by jenna on January 22, 2010

Hey hey :)

Just got home from an amazing yoga class and made the most phenomenal salad!

I’m on a huge beet salad kick. Every time I see it on a menu I order it, the best I’ve had so far being from Diavola a few weeks ago. However, today I decided to take things into my own hands and picked up some ingredients from the health food store last night to recreate this today. And it was AWESOME!
I chopped up a sweet potato, a beet and a parsnip and then roasted them at 400 for about 20 minutes (I have a super hot oven):

Note to self: chopping beets will stain your hands. No big deal.

And then I piled half of the veggies on top of greens, 1/3rd block of small diced tempeh and 2 tbsp local goat cheese. Drizzled the whole thing with balsamic vinegar and wham!

So, so good. I think the tempeh made it. :)
Headed into the city soon for some fun and Dosa tonight. I haven’t had Indian food in FOREVER (its seriously lacking in SoCo) and am really looking forward to it!
Have a great afternoon!

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Stacy January 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

If you are on the hunt for some Indian food, we have had a couple really great (and affordable!) meals just off the square in Sonoma. The place was called “Taste of the Himalayas.” It was just across the street from Murphy’s Irish Pub (handy!). Enjoy!


Megan (BitesoftheApple) January 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

AH! When I saw the red hand underneath the roasting pan I thought it was a burn!! Glad its not 😀


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

So afraid to try beets!!


Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Love love love beet salads. do not love when I stain my whole kitchen pink peeling beets.


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Beets and fresh goat cheese are such an amazing combo! My trick for minimizing hand redness: after cooking, peel the beets under cool running water or wear disposable gloves!

But I think beet red hands are the mark of a true veggie lover and what’s more stylish than that? 😉


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

what a great salad! i really need to try roasted beets ASAP, everyone’s making awesome stuff with them!

have fun in the city tonight :)


Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

beats and goat cheese are a match made in heaven! yumyumyum!


Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Have fun little lady! Yes beets do that. I know there’s an old timers remedy, but I’ve forgotten it.

My first contest is on my blog, everyone! 😀

Have a great weekend!!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Mmmm…NO better combination than goat cheese and roasted beets. Period.


jenna January 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

beets are one of my favorites…too bad they are so expensive around here! :-/

have a fun time


The Paris Food Blague January 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

beets are incredible, you’re right!


-The Paris Food Blague


Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I just tried tempeh for the first time a few weeks ago and now I’m adding it to everything. Enjoy your fun Friday night!


Heather (Where's the Beach) January 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Ok, I keep seeing all of these beet recipes that look good. I’ve never had beets, but have managed to convince myself I don’t like them. I’m going to have to give in I do believe.


Mae @ OhhMay January 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I love roasted veggies!!! My favorite is roasted shallots… You can blend them into hummus and it’s so delicious! Have a great yoga class


Suzanne de Cornelia January 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Love Indian food and The City has it!! Hope it stops raining soon. Pouring down here in Carmel. Ugh!!


katherine January 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Too funny. I had roasted beets and sweet potato today too! Sadly, my toaster oven is clearly less intense than your oven as it took my veggies 45 minutes to get crispy and cooked-through. Still delicious though!


Heather @ (The Single Dish) January 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Looks great, roasted veggies are awesome! Going to make some this weekend with a roasted chicken.


Ameena January 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I have never cooked a beet before! I always get the Trader Joe’s ones and they are delicious!!


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

You have me craving Indian now — maybe I’ll hit up my favorite Indian place for dinner instead of Thai. Yum!


Betsy January 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

i’m still confused about what tempeh is?! help.


Chelsea January 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Beets and parsnips are 2 of my most favorite veggies. Whenever we go out I have a friend who says, “Oh they have beets-I know what Chelsea is getting.” And yes, I get it :)


Anais January 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Your hand scared me, I thought you had burnt it at first!! Glad it’s only beet juice 😉


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Beets are so amazingly delicious in salads! I wish I had them more often :)


Kasey January 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I have never cooked with beets; only juiced them but your roasted beets look amazing!!!


Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Alright, I have got to try this beet salad thing. You have sold me with all of your beautiful pictures and rejoicing at it’s deliciousness.


Karla January 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I’ve heard Dosa is delicious! I walked past it last time I went to SF, had I not just eaten I probably would have had to stop in!

Ahh this makes me want Indian food. I love masala dosa!


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

That’s my only complaint regarding beets. Those bloody stains. Literally!


Heather I. January 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

You will love, love, love Dosa! Are you going to the one on Fillmore or over in the Mission. We used to live by the one on Fillmore and it was always packed. Only went there once, but it was delish- have fun!


Sarah (Oc2Seattle) January 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

There’s a decent Indian place in downtown Santa Rosa, I think. Jen (Ready) could tell you for sure.


amanda January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Ohhh looks super yummy. I had Indian food and wasn’t my thing. However I was told to retry it because I think it may have been a bad restaraunt


sherri January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

i’m a beat fiend too!!


Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) January 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

That salad looks and sounds amazing! There’s a place here in Orlando that has amazing options including a salad with roasted potatoes, goat cheese, peas, cooked onions and beets! SO of my favorites! I would love to make my own with tempeh. That may be on my menu next week!


Megan January 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Oh how I love Indian food. San Francisco has some great Indian food restaurants. When I am there I love feasting on the goodness. Have a great time tonight.


Jenna January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Indian food sounds perfect for a Friday night dinner!


Jill January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Do you marinate your tempeh? I have not had it in a looong time..
Any tempeh tips? :)


Jill January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

oh..and one more thing..I love beets, have you tried the golden variety? No stains!! Same great taste :)


Whitney January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Holy $@#$ I for sure thought those beet stains were in fact a brutal burn!


Lindsay January 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Can’t wait to hear your opinion on Dosa. I went for lunch several months ago and was underwhelmed. But in general, many people worship that place. Have fun!


Still Life in Southeast Asia January 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

That salad looks freakin awesome. Beets are kind of a pain to prepare, but they are so worth it!


Cyndi January 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I LOVE beets and always have.

At salad bars, I LOAD up because I don’t buy/prepare them.

Am planning on getting some beets tomorrow because I am going on a Whole Foods Market tour with a nutritionist. Can’t wait.


Annie January 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I love salads too, and I like the looks of this one a lot! I live in the middle of nowhere on an island, so health food stores and tempeh are pretty much nonexistent, but I do enjoy tempeh when I can get it.

Your recipe reminded me of one on my blog. It’s on my blog, but created and written by a good friend of mine. I bet you would enjoy it! The recipe is for Sweet Potato and Beet Salad with Massaged Kale. I know massaged kale? But it’s wonderful! The “massage” makes it tender, like steaming, without the heat that can destroy nutrients. Wonderful! If you’ve got fresh beets, it’s even better, but canned beets will do in a pinch.

here’s the link if you’re interested:


Jamie January 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

AHHH Enjoy the indian food!! I am SO SO jealous :) I love the cheese/spinach stuff (such a technical term haha)


Tyler Ramey January 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Hello!!! Long time reader and now fellow MALE blogger. I seem to be in the minority around here, but I am proud of that fact :D…..just want you to know that I love your blog, and it is blogs like this one that has inspired me to start my own! Also, you have made “green monsters” a normal and much needed part of my life! So thanks!


alexe January 23, 2010 at 7:20 am

I rediscovered salad since I received balsamic vinegar at Christmas. I usually hate the acid taste of regular salad dressing but a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, real maple syrup and salt and pepper does the trick! I’m glad I can reintroduced that healthy and simple meal into my diet!


Jaime January 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

That salad looks amazing. I think it needs to be added to the list of things I must eat next month. (Emphasis on ‘must’!)


Ariana @Artarra January 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

Your hands look like they are bloody 😉 Makes me laugh – I made something with curcuma lastly and realised to late that my hands were completely yellow – I had the impression that everyone was staring at me :-p
Great blog by the way!


Amy January 24, 2010 at 4:17 am

I’ve only been to the Mission location of Dosa – yum!

Sizzling Tandoor ( in Santa Rosa has good Indian food if you’re looking for something closer than SF.


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