Roasted beets and kale salad with horseradish crema – sweet and earthy, with a spicy kick, and lots of toasted nuts and seeds. This fall salad packs a ton of flavor and a festive look, perfect for a special occasion.
Roasted Beets and Kale Salad with Horseradish Crema and Hazelnuts [Vegan]
For the Salad:
- 1 pound beets (a mix of golden and red variety)
- 1 bunch Lacinato kale
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- A handful of chopped fresh dill
- 5 tablespoons horseradish cream
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)
For the Horseradish Crema:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Scrub the beets clean, and cut off the tops (no need to peel if your beets are organic).
- Slice in half, and then each half into 3-4 wedges.
- Place a few wedges onto a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with a little olive oil and coarse sea salt, and wrap. I make about 4-5 parcels.
- Roast the parcels for 45 - 60 minutes or more until the beets have started to caramelize and develop a nice crispy crust.
- While the beets are roasting, clean and remove the tough stalk from the kale leaves and tear them into big pieces.
- Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, a little salt, and the smashed garlic clove, and spread on a baking sheet, trying not to overlap the leaves too much (use two baking sheets if necessary).
- Once the beets are done, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Roast the kale for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them until they have just begun to crisp up.
- Mix the sour cream and mayonnaise with the salt, and add 1 tablespoon of the prepared horseradish. Taste, and add 1 more tablespoon of horseradish if you like.
- In a dry skillet, add the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and poppy seeds, and dry toast for 1-2 minutes on low/medium heat.
- Assemble the salad by layering the roasted kale at the bottom of a shallow salad plate, the beet wedges on top, then dot with the horseradish crema, and top with lots of fresh dill, toasted hazelnuts, and the toasted seeds.