Roasted Beet and Curly Endive Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Golden beets, or a mixture of golden and red beets, make an especially attractive presentation in the autumnal salad. (From Salad of the Day by Georgeanne Brennan, Weldon-Owen/Williams-Sonoma
By | September 01, 2014


Cut the beets into ¼ inch thick rounds and set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, stir together the vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the extra-virgin olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is smooth.

In a small frying pan, toast the chopped pecans over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool, and set aside.

Divide the curly endive and arugula among individual plates. Top with the beet rounds and drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with the orange zest and the toasted pecans and serve.


  • 6 small beets, trimmed, roasted and skins removed
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups torn curly endive leaves, pale inner leaves only
  • 1 cup arugula leaves
  • ¼ cup grated orange zest
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