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  • 1 bunch beets (save greens for something else)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1tsp-1Tb honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 cups fresh spinach, shredded
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • Additional pepper, optional

Scrub beets and trim tops to 1 in. Place in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-60 minutes or until tender. Remove from the water; cool. Peel beets and cut into 1-in. pieces. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil until blended. Place spinach in salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Top with beets, goat cheese and walnuts. Sprinkle with additional pepper if desired.