Well hey there, stranger! It’s been awhile. Sorry about that. Between our trip to Seattle, work, and blog projects for the upcoming months, I just haven’t had the time or energy to get any recipes up for you this week.
I know in typical g&c fashion I would usually apologize with cookies, but instead I’m bringing a salad to our peace table. You can thank me tonight after handing out/eating all of that candy when you’re needing some straight up veggies to balance it all out.
This salad is a really fun combos of flavors and textures. We all know I can’t pass up a good kale salad, so there’s that. I made a simple balsamic vinaigrette to massage into the leaves for some major but not overpowering flavah and it’s delish. I think I’ll put it on every single salad until the end of time.
Then of course – the beets! Oh the beets. So a couple of weekends ago my mom and I were at the farmers market and there was an entire bucket of beets for five dollars. FIVE DOLLARS. I had no idea what I was going to do with those beets but you better believe I bought them. I roasted a few of them up for this salad, which I prefer doing opposed to boiling them, but I think roasting them makes them sooooo much more silky and tender. Plus I get sad when the water turns red because I feel like all of the beet flavor is getting diluted. That’s probably just in my head but whatevs.
Let’s see, what’s next? The wheat berries! I just love these chewy little guys. They actually ended up being more of a garnish on the salad as opposed to THE main component of the salad, as I had originally thought they would be, but they were still a really fun addition. If you can’t find wheat berries or having some other grains like quinoa or couscous taking up space in your cupboards, by all means use those!
Lastly – the goat cheese! You can’t (or at least I can’t) have a salad without some cheeeeezes. Creamy, tangy goat cheese was the obvious choice here for me and it didn’t disappoint.
I ate this for lunch but I think it’d also be a great side dish with dinner, too. Either way, we’ll all feel better eating it after our sugar binges tonight.