January 17, 2011

Roasted Yellow Beet Salad With Warm Maple Mustard Dressing

by IsaChandra

Serves 4
Active time: 15 minutes || Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

It’s hard to be inspired to cook in these winter months. It’s like “OK pumpkin, you’re overstaying your welcome.” And “I get it root vegetables, you’re earthy and delicious. Yawn.” Even harder is getting in your salad greens! Lettuce doesn’t exactly warm the soul after trudging through the slush in single digit temperatures. But hold off on ordering that pizza, I’ve got a remedy! Dress that salad in something warm and inviting. And to sweeten the deal, this dressing has only 2 ingredients (well, 3 if you count water, but stop nitpicking!) Obviously you can just make the salad and dressing and it will be ready in mere minutes, but if a hearty salad is your heart’s desire then the whole shebang comes together easily. The beets humbly roast away with minimum prep as the tempeh marinates. You’ll really only have 15 minutes or so of hands-on time and then earthy, tangy, smoky, sweet flavors will be all yours.

In the meanwhile, you can warm yourself with other activities – like a bubble bath or stoking the fireplace or searching the internet for deals on tropical vacations. What? That Mac balanced on your lap gives off some heat, don’t pretend you haven’t noticed.

If you don’t feel like having the Smoky Tempeh Croutons, some toasted pecans would be great in this, too!

For the beets:

4 small yellow beets, peeled

Preheat oven to 425 F. Wrap beets in tin foil and roast for an hour. Remove from oven, unwrap and slice when they stop steaming.

For the Smoky Tempeh Croutons:

8 oz tempeh, diced (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch pieces)
Olive oil or cooking spray

Marinade:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 cups vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Add tempeh pieces and marinade for an hour.

Preheat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Remove tempeh from marinade and saute in a little olive oil or cooking spray. When they’re browned (about 7 minutes) splash in some extra marinade and toss to coat. Remove from heat.

For the Maple Mustard Dressing:

1/4 cup stoneground mustard
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon water

Mix everything together in a bowl. When ready to serve, microwave for 30 seconds or gently heat in a pan over low heat.

Needed to serve:

4 oz baby arugula, or your favorite greens
Sliced red onion

To assemble:
Place the greens in a super large mixing bowl. Drizzle in the dressing and use tongs to coat. The greens will wilt slightly.

Transfer salads to 4 plates (or two, if you’re looking for entree-sized salads). Place slice beets snugly against the greens. Scatter on tempeh croutons and a few slices of sliced red onion.



  • January 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm: LVM

    What’s stoneground mustard? Does the UK get that? Can wholegrain mustard be subbed?
    PS. Yum.

  • January 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm: panda

    You can’t go wrong with roasted beets.

  • January 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm: RedBeetsRock

    Wow, this looks and reads to be absolutely delicious!

  • January 18, 2011 at 3:01 am: FoodFeud

    Actually, I can totally do this right now. And should, because the beet is getting a little flimsy in the fridge.

  • January 18, 2011 at 10:43 am: t

    Roasted beets are definitely overlooked winter food. This looks great!

  • January 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm: sonia

    Wow…….the salad looks so amazing…. !

  • January 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm: Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day

    That’s a gorgeous pic! and the salad sounds amazing

  • January 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm: Arlene

    this looks great, but, what is liquid smoke? and is it healthy?

  • January 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm: VeganDiva

    I just bought the ingredients for this at the market: wild arugula and beautiful golden beets. I’m going to make it to eat during the playoffs today–not your typical football-watching fare!

  • January 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm: aele

    this was hands down the best salad i’ve ever eaten. so amazing.

  • January 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm: Littleshroom

    Just a little tip for limp beets! All they need is a little love and hydration, pop in a bowl of water for 15 mins or so and ta da! As if by magic you have a fresh looking beet! Yay:)

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm: Mi

    The unhappy beets in the kitchen are about to get a glamorous makeover! Thank you.

  • February 2, 2011 at 6:58 am: Smalltownvegan

    This definitely helped put salad back on the winter menu. Made this last night and your chickpea-rice-cabbage-dill soup tonight, great hearty meal to fight the negative temps! Loved the warm dressing/smokey combo. Thanks for all the fabulous recipes, your latest cookbook is on the way to our door to join your other books in our kitchen

  • November 10, 2011 at 4:06 am: janet @ the taste space

    I really liked this salad. The dressing wasn’t that complex but it all worked well together. Here is my post: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/roasted-golden-beet-salad-with-warm-maple-mustard-dressing-and-smoky-tempeh-croutons/

  • January 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm: betsy shipley

    Here is our web site for our easy method of making tempeh at home. http://www.makethebesttempeh.org
    We produced Betsy’s Tempeh in Michigan for 9 1/2 years and developed a new method and now we are showing people how they too can make it at home. We are currently working on another simpler version so please stay in touch.

  • November 23, 2012 at 12:44 am: DB

    Ok seriously, this is so delicious. I pretty much ate it while I was preparing it and skipped the arugula and red onions because of it. I loved the way the smoky tempeh set off the maple-mustard and the sweetness of the beets. Just perfection even skipping the arugula (and I am a *fiend* for arugula). Thanks, Isa!

  • October 12, 2013 at 3:00 am: Lisa

    I made this tonight and it was DELIGHTFUL and perfectly autumnal. I realized at the last minute that I was out of stone ground mustard, so substituted Dijon – it came out really, really well but I have no doubt that it would be even better with stoneground. God bless, Isa!

  • October 15, 2013 at 1:52 am: lmh

    Dude, I’ve now made this 3 times this week. Added some toasted pecans when took the salad to a level that was 100% officially OFF THE HOOK.

  • December 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm: Roxmarie

    I like everything but I really don’t like tempeh – its texture, the bitter after taste, all of it. It is my green eggs. But this recipe makes it pretty good!! The marinade is to die for. If you are squeamish about liquid smoke, use lapsang souchong tea. Steep it for 15-20 minutes and use 2/4 cup of that in place of the veggie stock. My my my!!!