Roasted Beets and Burrata Salad
Roasted beets and burrata salad is a simple recipe that needs very minimal cooking. All you need to do is prepare and cook the beets! You can also make basil oil to drizzle on top of the salad to give the salad an herbal taste. The basil oil will help the beets and burrata come together in flavor and make one cohesive dish.
The beautiful bright red beets make this salad pop with color. This makes it a beautiful plate for a dinner party or a holiday celebration. The creamy, milky burrata goes perfectly with the sweet and mild beets, and together they make a delicious meal. Roasted beets and burrata salad is vibrant, simple, and healthy! Once you try it, you’ll want to have it as an appetizer for every meal.
How to Select The Best Beets For Roasting for the burrata salad?
Pick small or medium beets that are roughly around the same size. By making sure they are the same size, you can bake them for the same amount of time and know all of them are done. You will also want to choose smaller beets since they are more tender than larger ones.
I use red and golden beets with no greens since it is easier to prepare. But if you bought beets with their green still on, don’t discard them. You can use the greens of the beets to make a whole beet salad. Just roast them by drizzling some olive oil and arranging them in the same tray with the beets. Make sure to keep an eye on them since they will only take about 10 minutes to roast.
How to Prepare Beets For Roasting?
When you prepare the beets, make sure to wash them well since they are root vegetables. You may also want to soak them and use a scrub to remove any remaining dirt. Once they are clean, pat them dry with a towel.
I cut the beets into large pieces for a faster roasting time. With my methods, you won’t even need to peel the beets. I simply drizzle some olive oil, cover them with aluminum foil, and roast them for about 35 minutes. I take them out when they are finished and use a paper towel to slip the skin off easily. This should be done while they are still warm. Removing the skin after roasting the beets is an excellent method, especially if you have difficulty using a peeler.
Remember, if you are cooking different colors of beets, make sure to group them when baking. This is important because if you put them all together, the red beets will bleed into the other beets, causing them to be discolored.
Are Beets Healthy?
Yes, beets are very healthy! Beets are filled with antioxidants, and they are low in calories. They contain folate, which improves cell function and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Beets also contain nitric oxide, which can relax your blood vessels and improve brain function as you get older. The many nutrients in beets make them an excellent ingredient to add to your meals.
There are many different beets, such as bull’s blood, Chioggia, golden, and early wonder, and they are incredibly healthy. While they may look very different, they have nearly the exact same nutritional value.
Roasted Beets vs. Boiled Beets
While you can either roast or boil the beets, I like to roast them since it brings out the natural sweetness. It also helps to preserve the flavor and texture of the beets. When boiling beets, they can get spongy, soggy, and have a diluted flavor. Boiling the beets can also remove the color of the beets.
What Exactly is Burrata Cheese?
So what is burrata? Some people think it is just mozzarella cheese, but it is actually softer and more flavorful. Burrata is a soft Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. It is made with mozzarella cheese and cream, making it even softer than regular mozzarella. The cheese is delicate and refreshing, making it a common ingredient in pasta, sandwiches, and salads.
|5 medium size golden beets (washed dry and cut in half)|
|5 medium size red beets (washed dry and cut in half)|
|2 small burrata|
|Basil leaves about ½ cup|
|2 cups compacted basil leaves (cleaned and dry)|
|1 cup extra virgin oil|
|1 jalapeno (roughly chopped)|
|3 garlic cloves (sliced)|
|½ teaspoon salt|
|½ teaspoon black pepper|
|To prepare: Using a food processor add all the ingredients and blend until smooth|