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When you roast beets in the oven, they get all sweet and yummy! This takes about 2 hours, so start this recipe first.

We used 2 different colors of beets so we could make a quilt pattern. Red beets are usually bigger than yellow beets, so pick out your yellow ones first and match the size with the red.

While we were working we nibbled on all the pieces that we trimmed off. Makes your heart go pitty-pat.

{Makes 6 salads}

You'll need:

  • 4 red beets - about 2 1/2 inches in diameter
  • 4 yellow beets - about 2 1/2 inches in diameter
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar
  • Some adult help

Equipment:

  • A cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts
  • A sharp knife
  • A small heart shaped cookie cutter
  • A small mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • Individual plates for serving
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash the beets and trim off the leaves so you have a flat base. Don't cut the root off just yet. You want all the beet juices to stay inside.
  3. Cover the cookie sheet with foil. Place the beets cut-side down on the foil.
  4. Put the beets in the oven for about 2 hours. After an hour have dad or whoever's helping put the mitts on and give those hot beets a squeeze. They're done when you can't feel a hard core in the middle. Check every 20 minutes until they're done.
  5. When the beets are done, take them out of the oven and put the cookie sheet on a trivet until they cool down - about 15 minutes.
  6. While you're waiting, mix the oil and vinegar and set this dressing aside.
  7. When the beets are cool, peel them. Since the red beets stain your fingers, start with the yellow ones first.
  8. Slice the beets about 1/3 of an inch thick. You'll have a bunch of circles. Set 2 or 3 circles of red beet aside. You'll cut the heart shapes out them.
  9. Starting with the yellow beets again, trim the edges until you have a bunch of squares.
  10. Lay out the plates and put 2 teaspoons of dressing in the middle of each plate. Use the back of your spoon to spread it around.
  11. Count your beet squares and figure out how many each person will get. Lay the beet squares out on the plates like little checkerboards.
  12. Cut hearts out of the red beet you've set aside.
  13. Place a heart on one or two yellow squares. The salad will look like a beautiful jeweled quilt.


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