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Golden beet and lentil salad with strawberries recipe! A simple, healthy and satisfying vegetarian and gluten free meal. So good!

Golden beet and lentil salad with strawberries

Roasted golden beet and lentil salad with strawberries is a delightful vegetarian meal! Super simple, super healthy, and super satisfying!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 -3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium golden beets
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil divided
  • 1/2 cup dried brown lentils
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh tarragon
  • 3 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using your hands, rub the 1 tsp olive oil evenly over the beets. Wrap each beet in foil. Roast for 40 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from heat and open foil packets to let beets cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse lentils and remove any debris or pebbles. Place in a small saucepan and cover with water to about 1/2" above the lentils. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until lentils are cooked through, but still a bit al dente. You may need to add water to keep the lentils fully submerged while simmering. When fully cooked, strain out the excess water and set aside.
  3. When the beets have cooled enough to handle, remove from the foil packets and start to rub off the skin.* Slice the beets or cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Combine the lentils, beets, strawberries, tarragon, and goat cheese in a large bowl.
  5. Combine the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and the white balsamic vinegar together and whisk to emulsify.** Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Season VERY generously with salt and pepper to taste. This salad can handle a lot of salt!
  6. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*The skin should remove easily, but you might find the back of a knife helpful.
**I like to combine in a small mason jar with tight fitting lid and shake to emulsify.