Mr. Food: Beet & Bean Salad

October 20, 2009 10:08:36 AM PDT
Pickled beets play a starring role in this hearty salad that will add novelty to your side-dish routine. Colorful veggies are known to be antioxidant-rich, so enjoy the tasty rainbow in every nutritious bite!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Makes 6 servings

1 (16-ounce) jar sliced pickled beets, drained with 1/2 cup liquid reserved
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10-ounce) package Italian blend salad mix
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
1/4 cup real bacon bits or cooked, crumbled bacon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine drained beets and beans, the salad mix, celery, and onion; mix gently but thoroughly.

2. In a small saucepan, combine reserved beet liquid, the pesto, bacon, and pepper. Heat over medium heat until warmed through but not boiling, stirring occasionally.

3. Pour pesto dressing over salad mixture; mix gently but thoroughly. Serve immediately.

OPTION: It's easy to make this in the microwave, if you prefer. Just replace Step 2 above with this: In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, combine the reserved beet liquid, the pesto, bacon, and pepper. Heat on High 1 minute, or until warm, stirring once during heating.

Recipe courtesy of Seneca Foods Corporation

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