Roast beet, snap pea & arugula salad

This is so easy to make I hesitate to even call it a ‘salad’.  This was a last minute ‘throw together’ of the vegetables I had on hand and I typically vary the texture, color and flavors a bit with each salad I make.

Expectations:
Quick, weeknight ‘even though it looks good enough to serve on the weekends’ 5-minutes or less salad.  For the kids, just put the same veggies (or subset that they will eat) from the salad for the grownups ‘a la carte’ (and not touching each other) on their plates.

This serves 2 adults as a side salad.  It can easily be ‘bulked up’ with olives and protein (i.e. chicken) to become a more substantial main dish salad.

Steps to put this on your table:

  • Place about 1/3 of a cup of rinsed baby arugula on salad plates (or shallow bowls if you’re going to top with the roast chicken).
  • Top with about 1/4 cup of cooked sugar snap peas and 2 or 3 tablespoons of roasted beets cut into small cubes.
  • Optional additions:  1 or 2 teaspoons of capers or olives (rinsed)
  • Optional for main dish salad: add roasted chicken, salmon or steak.
  • Top with balsamic vinaigrette.

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