Kutztown cook wins runners-up prize in Get Fresh: Veggie Favorites! Contest

Kutztown home cook Susan Bickta’s Roasted Beet Salad With Honey Dijon Vinaigrette recipehas been named a runner-up in the Get Fresh: Veggie Favorites! Contest and been awarded a blue ribbon atJust A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks at www.justapinch.com.

Bickta’s Roasted Beet Salad With Honey Dijon Vinaigrette was named a winner byJust A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. To land the award, Bickta served up a fullflavoreddish that was both tasty and easy to prepare.

“This delicious salad is a combination of three of my favorite salads. I almost called it “bejeweled roasted beet salad” because of all of the jewel-tone colors!”

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Roasted Beet Salad With Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Susan Bickta (Kutztown)



1/3 c vegetable oil

1/4 c apple cider vinegar

3-4 tbsp honey

1 tsp stone ground dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced


4 medium golden beets, tops removed and scrubbed

2 medium red beets, tops removed and scrubbed

1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 c diced red onion

1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries

1 c baby spinach, packed

1/2 c toasted pecans

1/2 c gorgonzola crumbles


To make vinaigrette: put oil, vinegar, honey, mustard and garlic in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake wellto mix. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place golden beets on a large piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with oil.

Wrap tightly, making a packet. Place on a baking sheet. Do the same with the red beets. Roast for 1 hourto 1 hour 15 minutes or until knife inserted in largest beet meets no resistance. Remove from oven andcool.

Remove skins by rubbing off with hands under a stream of cool water.

To make salad: roughly chop beets into bite size chunks. Place in a large bowl. Add the onion, driedcranberries, spinach, pecans and gorgonzola. Give the vinaigrette another shake to mix well then pourover beet mixture in bowl. Toss gently to combine.

Note: To toast pecans - place in a single layer on a large non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350 degreesF. For 10-12 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning, until toasted and fragrant.