Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures Following a vacation that included 2 Thanksgiving dinners, constant snacking, excessive drinking and enough football to induce reality TV withdrawals I am in desperate need of spinach and beet detox. Enter this salad.

Until recently I had never had beets. I wasn’t even sure what they were. I think beets are overlooked by many people, not only us. Our friends Amanda and Kyle, who we saw over Thanksgiving in California, told us about beets. Apparently it’s a food they eat regularly. Who knew? Also, I’m watching RHOBH (along with The Voice and Teen Mom 2…finally!) as I type and the girls just ordered beet salads in Ojai. Maybe beets are trending right now?

We prepared our beets in a salad along with butternut squash, then we added goat cheese for creaminess, pistachios for crunch and bacon…well because bacon was necessary. It ended up being a colorful salad and I felt good about eating it. Personally, I thought the beets tasted like water chestnuts. They are definitely a food that you can slip into salads and not even realize they’re there. I’m not picturing beets becoming a food that I crave anytime in the near future but I am intrigued enough to try them again and to look for other ways to prepare them.

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Here’s what you’ll need

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Coat butternut squash in olive oil and lay on a baking sheet

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Beets too

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Roast for 30 minutes

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Meanwhile, pan fry some bacon

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Whisk together the dressing ingredients; set aside.

Beet, Butternut Squash, and Spinach Salad recipe pictures

Toss everything together and serve. Nice and light for post Thanksgiving

 

 

 

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