Spinach and Feta Salad with Fresh Beetroot

Spinach and Feta Salad with Fresh Beetroot
Staff Writer
Sylvia McArdle & Stephanie Hannus

The unique addition of fresh beets — known as beetroot in London — mixed with these ingredients makes for a surprising, but delicious salad that everyone at Downton Abbey would enjoy. The festive mix of sweet flavors (such as maple syrup and orange juice) would provide guests at any garden party or luncheon with an extra excuse to smile.

4
Servings
503
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (F+W Media, September 2012) By Emily Ansara Baines

Ingredients

  • 4 medium beets, scrubbed, trimmed, and cut in half
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 10 Ounces fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • 1/2 Cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 Ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oranges, sliced

Directions

Place the beets in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then cook for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool, then cut the beets into cubes.

Place the walnuts in a skillet and briefly heat over medium-low heat. Add the maple syrup and butter. Cook and stir until the walnuts are evenly coated, then remove from the heat and let cool.

In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil, and set aside.

Place a large helping of spinach leaves on plates, then divide the candied walnuts among plates over greens. Place equal amount of beets over greens, then top with feta cheese. Drizzle each plate with some of the dressing, followed by orange slices.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
33g
47%
Sugar
25g
28%
Saturated Fat
26g
100%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
46g
35%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
54µg
8%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
38mg
51%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
382mg
38%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
5µg
0%
Folate, total
95µg
24%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
45mg
14%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
259mg
37%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
422mg
28%
Water
110g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Spinach Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Spinach Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.