Foodie Friday: Caprese Salad with Roasted Beets

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, and Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Today’s theme is Perfect Picnic (since summer is great for enjoying picnics + the awesome weather :D ). Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!

I’m generally not a fan of turning on my oven in the summer, but my spoils of war from my midnight raid were calling. I needed to find a use for the beets, beet greens, tomatoes, and fresh basil, so I decided to do a little twist on one of my favorite salads. However, it kinda sucks to turn on your oven just for the sake of roasting one beet, so you can either make them in bulk, or if you have any other veggies you’d like to roast, they might as well join in on the fun! (I roasted several eggplants + 2 beets. To save time while I was waiting for those to be done, I prepared the rest of the salad and also made a beet green + egg scramble.)

Caprese Salad with Roasted Beets

This (obviously) isn’t the whole recipe. I was trying to artfully arrange a small portion of it, but pretty much gave up. :x

-2 large tomatoes, sliced
-1 large beet
-fresh mozzarella, shredded
-fresh basil, shredded
-generous drizzle of EVOO
-generous drizzle of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
-freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1) Preheat oven to 375.
2) Cover beets in aluminum foil and drizzle with red wine or balsamic vinegar and EVOO. Let it hang out in the oven for ~1 hour.
3) Slice tomatoes and shred mozzarella + basil into a bowl/plate.
4) When beets are done roasting, dice them and let cool, then add to the other ingredients and mix well.
5) Sprinkle with pepper and serve!

This is the rest of it (with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and…without the beet because I hadn’t diced it yet)!


Interested in getting to know more about any of your super-awesome co-hosts? :]

Together, our first initials could spell out E-FAME. heh heh heh.

(…Alright, I’ll show myself the door. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Next week’s theme is smoothies! Hope you’ll join us!)


About Farrah

A frugal, selectively antisocial Family Medicine physician with too many interests. Loves...God, family, friends, volunteering and helping others, making others happy, music (especially piano and singing), Tahitian/hula/salsa/pole dancing, aerial silks, learning, writing, cooking, eating, sleeping, lifting weights, playing SNES and DS, photography, editing, window-shopping, gymnastics, kickboxing, BJJ, finding great deals, pyrography, horseback riding, archery, frolicking in the great outdoors...making every moment count.

Posted on August 1, 2014, in Food and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I would have never thought to use beets! What an inventive way to enjoy them for a picnic! Yum :)

    • They turn everything a super pink color, so looking at it while eating it’s rather interesting, haha. :P

      • Haha yes, beets turn everything pink including urine. I’m sure you know that I however did not and after eating a heavy dose of them several months ago I thought I was very briefly dying of a bladder infection until it finally clicked! :P

      • Ah…I actually forgot about that for a bit, so I thought I was veryvery severely dehydrated and/or something had gone wrong with my kidneys. Very glad that it clicked for both of us, haha. :P

  2. I like eating beets when I eat out but haven’t tried cooking them myself yet. This looks like a great recipe to try!

  3. I love caprese salad so this is awesome! What an inventive take on it- I usually just do it the traditional way but I’ll definitely be trying this one. P.S. I love your E-Fame Acronym lol!

  4. I have to say I have never roasted beets….But this makes me wants to right now!!!

    And I love the E-Fame! Cute :)

    • I think this is actually my first time ever having them! I’ve never prepared beets before, but since I got em’ for free, I figured this would be the best time to try to make something with em’! :]

  5. ive been dying for roasted beets!! So glad you posted this!! I am going to try it :)

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