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Grilled Beet Salad

A beautiful center of the plate salad featuring roasted beets, candied seeds, and a sweet strawberry vinaigrette.

Amanda Turner

2 Hours
4 - 6 Servings
  • For the Beets:
  • 7-8 medium beets, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon neutral vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • For the Strawberry Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam or preserves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • For the Candied Sunflower Seeds:
  • 3 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries (about 7 medium-sized strawberries)
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup blue cheese, such as gorgonzola dolce
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Dill and chives, sliced for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt, for finishing

    For the beets, preheat oven to 350F. Place beets on a Sheet Pan lined with aluminum foil, and coat with oil and salt. Cover with more foil, folding up the edges to form an airtight seal. Roast beets until tender and pierce easily with a skewer or paring knife 2 ½–3 hours.


    While the beets are roasting, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together jam, vinegars, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. (Yields about ⅔ cup.)


    For the candied seeds, place a Non Stick Frying Pan over medium heat. Add sunflower seeds and toast lightly on all sides, 5–7 minutes, then sprinkle - brown sugar over. Cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved into a sticky syrup. Remove from heat and spread the seeds out on a foil-lined ¼ Sheet Pan to cool. Sprinkle lightly with salt.


    Remove beets from the oven and let cool until they can be handled safely. Once slightly cooled, peel and slice into bite sized pieces (you should have about 2 cups). Heat a Grill Frying Pan on a grill over high. Coat the beets in oil and add to the pan, shaking regularly to keep them from sticking. Grill, tossing occasionally until evenly charred, about 15 minutes.


    To assemble the salad, combine beets and strawberries in a large bowl and dress with vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add arugula to a separate bowl and spoon beet and strawberry mixture over the greens. Crumble the gorgonzola over the salad and top with dill, chives, and candied seeds.