Beet and Tomato Salad

Beet and Tomato Salad

Hello again! Summer is coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to make this yummy salad. It is light, fresh, and super easy to make!

This was my first time ever cooking with, or eating beets. Ever. I felt like Dwight Schrute from The Office the entire time I was making this salad, and it was great. Since it was my first time trying beets, I wanted to include ingredients that I loved (like what I did with the brussels sprouts), to try and ensure I’d like them. I have to say, the beets tasted better than I thought they would! Definitely making this salad more often.

Fun fact: the beets and tomato used were grown by Austin’s parents!

The beets do need to be roasted and chilled, so make sure you give yourself a few hours head-start! Any questions? Just ask!


  • 2 beets
  • 1 extra large tomato, or 2 medium tomatoes
  • spinach
  • goat cheese
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°
  2. Scrub the beets clean, and then wrap in foil, individually.
  3. Roast in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.
  4. Once the foil is cool to the touch, peel the beets. It should slide off by hand, but a peeler may be needed.
  5. Chill beets in fridge until ready to make salad.
  6. When ready to make the salad, dice the beets and tomatoes into similar sized pieces.
  7. Take a handful of spinach (or more if you’d like), and cut into long thin strips.
  8. Combine the beets, tomatoes and spinach in a bowl. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, followed by a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
  9. Mix ingredients together, and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Finish with goat cheese and enjoy!
Beet and Tomato Salad

I hope that you all enjoy this recipe if you try it! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Spring Salad

Spring Salad

I figured since it’s springtime and getting close to summer, we should do a fresh salad. Salads are fun because you can throw anything you want into it, and its bound to taste good. Besides, I’m sure you were hoping for a recipe to use with that balsamic vinaigrette…

This salad can be as big or as small as you want it, and there is no limit to the amount of the ingredients you can use. It’s a salad, after all!

Here we go!


  • romaine lettuce
  • spinach leaves
  • goat cheese crumbles
  • diced red bell pepper
  • grape tomatoes
  • croutons
  • candied pecans (or any other nut)

If you don’t know how to make candied pecans, you can learn how to do so here!


  1. Combine lettuce, spinach, bell pepper and tomatoes in a bowl and toss.
  2. Add the goat cheese, croutons and candied pecans. Toss together.
  3. Top salad with the balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!

And there you have it! Pretty simple, huh?

If you try this out, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hey guys! This next recipe is one of my FAVORITES! Literally, I put this vinaigrette on almost every salad I make at home now. It’s that good. The best part? It only has a few ingredients and is super quick to make!

To make this vinaigrette, it will make your lives a million times easier if you have an immersion blender. If you don’t know what that is, it’s that tall, skinny hand blender. If you don’t have one, you can use a regular blender, or if you feel like a work out, do it all by hand with a whisk! Don’t really recommend the last way though…

Shall we get started?


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • few dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the olive oil and blend until it is a smooth consistency.
  2. Once smooth, keep the blender running and very slowly drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream.
  3. Keep blending until the olive oil is fully combined and the consistency is thicker.
  4. Drizzle or pour over salad and enjoy!
Balsamic Vinaigrette

As always, feel free to reach out if you need any help!

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