apple and beet salad with candied walnuts and cashew cheese

roasted beet salad with apple and candied walnuts
roasted beet salad with apple and candied walnuts

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. Fall represents a lot of things for me, but among them what stands out in my mind most is our move to the United States. That may sound glorious and exciting to some but it wasn’t that for me. When torn from everything you know - family, friends, school, language, lifestyle and routine, suddenly your identity is compromised. Who are you? Who was I? Life was dismal for a long time. Living between two languages - one of security and family and one I desperately wanted to know, to understand to bury into. One of possibility.

But we humans are adaptable and though challenging and frightening for a long time, life slowly became tolerable again. In fact it became good. There were new friends, the language I was slowly learning day by day, there was Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and Bush that kept me company on many days. There was new and exciting food, but most of all there were people I felt I could trust who would be there when I needed them. Not something I took lightly. In a matter of a year my old life was a distant memory and though I missed it at times, I knew I could never go back to what was. There was only forward.

So fall has always been a time of change for me, a rebirth of sorts. With summer’s oppressive heat and humidity gone, I feel some renewed energy and enthusiasm for fall. I find myself making playlists that take me back to my younger days and just for a short time I can be teleported to those defining moments which forever changed who I would become.

With a new season comes seasonal food and though I’ve eaten apples my whole life, I found them to be particularly wonderful in the US. That first autumn, I ate a boatload of them. They tasted exceptional and quite different from what I was used to in Romania. There were so many varieties and flavors. There were tart ones, sweet, crispy and juicy ones and I couldn’t get enough of them.

With nostalgia spilling into everything including food, I thought I would make a recipe with this beloved fruit. I wanted to keep it light, simple and pull in autumn’s flavors into a simple yet complex salad with earthy flavors aplenty.

If you’re not up for making cashew cheese, feel free to skip it but I highly recommend it as it adds a layer of creaminess to the salad, plus you’ll have extra left over and can whip up this delicious recipe. So check out this combination of roasted beets, cashew cheese, candied walnuts, crispy apple slices and spinach, drizzled with a bright dressing. You won’t be dissapointed.


roasted beet salad with apple and candied walnuts
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roasted beet salad with apple and candied walnuts

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apple and beet salad with candied walnuts and cashew cheese

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Serves 4

Ingredients:

For dressing: 

  • 2 tbsp orange juice

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • pinch of salt

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

For salad: 

  • 2 large or 4 small yellow and red beets

  • 1 apple, thinly sliced

  • candied walnuts (recipe below)

  • a few handfuls of spinach

  • optional: cashew cheese (recipe here)

For candied walnuts:

  • 1 cup raw walnuts

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan or sea salt

Equipment:

  • aluminum foil

  • parchment paper

  • roasting sheet

  • medium mixing bowl

  • small mixing bowl

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash beets and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast for 1 hour or until soft. Let cool slightly. Peel and slice beets and set aside. (Wear kitchen gloves if you don’t want stained hands)

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for candied walnuts, place on parchment paper lined sheet and roast for 15 minutes, tossing once half way. Remove and let cool. (Try not to eat them all)

Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until incorporated.

To plate; add spinach, apple and beet slices, cashew cheese and candied walnuts and drizzle with dressing.


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beet hummus

beet hummus

So I've been feeling under the weather all week. I tried hard to avoid the cold that's been tearing through my house. A cocktail of Ashwaganda, plenty of Zinc, B Complex and Turmeric shots were daily staples but I got the damn thing anyway. 

Being sick is annoying and terribly inconvenient, especially when you have a family to look after, a job to attend to and a blog to run. Though being sick is somehow insightful for me. It forces me to look at the things that matter. I don't have enough energy to give a shit about the things I'm normally invested in so I try to conserve it and focus on what matters. I had to come up with new ideas and recipes for this week and decided to make less effort and just see what happens.

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detoxifying beet salad

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: none
  • Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 large beets
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds (to roast raw seeds, place in the oven on lined cookie sheet with either foil or parchment paper and roast on 350 for 8-10 minutes tossing halfway through)

Beets have been getting a bad reputation for some time. Because of their high sugar content (highest of all vegetables) beets have been used in the production of refined beet sugar. This way of processing beets completely strips them of all nutrients. Evaporated cane juice is also used in a variety of processed foods. Those are not the beets I'm talking about. Real beets come in whole form, leafy greens and all.

Nutrients in beets: 

These are based on 100% Daily Value

  • folate 34%
  • manganese 28%
  • potassium 15% 
  • copper 14%
  • fiber 14%
  • magnesium 10%
  • phosphorus 9%
  • vitamin C 8%
  • iron 7%
  • vitamin B6 6%

Why beets are good for you: 

  • High in antioxidants: The fact that beets are high in antioxidants is well known but what is a lesser known fact revolves around the combination of antioxidants contained in beets. "Beets demonstrate their antioxidant uniqueness by getting their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). Coupled with their status as a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, the unique phytonutrients in beets provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables"
  • Heart healthy: Consuming beets on a regular basis impacts heart health by increasing HDL cholesterol (the good one). The presence of the amino acid betaine found in beets helps to combat heart related issues such as hardening of the arteries, strokes and even heart attacks. 
  • Cancer protective: As mentioned above, beets contain phytonutrients called betalains which studies have shown to protect from certain types of cancers, in particular lung, colon and breast cancer. The pigment of the vegetable is a good indicator for the antioxidants contained, similar to berries. 
  • Natural detoxifier: Beets help to detoxify the blood of pollutants, commonly resulting from environmental toxins and heavy metals. The fiber in beets, cleans the intestinal tract taking with it any unwanted intruders pushing it out in the form of waste. 
  • Improved sex drive: Beets improve blood flow to organs and those include reproductive organs. Beets are naturally high in nitrates which convert to nitric oxide in the body. This expands blood vessel walls, allowing for better oxygen flow. 

If you don't love beets as much as I do, but would like to benefit from their goodness, there's hope. Dr. Cowan's Garden makes this amazing three beet powder that can be sprinkled on anything form salads to eggs, soup, incorporated in sauces and more. If you would like to look into it, you can purchase it here along with other wonderful veggie powders

Simple Beet Salad Recipe: 

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: none
  • Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 large beets
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds (to roast raw seeds, place in the oven on lined cookie sheet with either foil or parchment paper and roast on 350 for 8-10 minutes tossing halfway through)

Equipment Needed:

  • large opening grater 
  • mixing bowl
  • peeler
  • kitchen gloves (optional)

Directions: 

I suggest wearing kitchen gloves for this part, though the red die does wash off if you do so right away if you don't have gloves.

 Peel beets and grate on the largest grater option and add to a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients aside from sunflower seeds and combine. Add to plate and top with sunflower seeds.