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  • Makes 10 cups salad

With air-fried beets, tangy orange dressing, and chopped fresh pears, this salad packs a fruity punch with every bite. The secret to crispy beet chips is slicing them ultra thin: A sharp knife works, but a mandoline makes it even easier.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 medium-size red beets, peeled and cut into ⅛-inch-thick slices
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups chilled cooked farro
  • 2 fresh pears, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion

Instructions

  1. For dressing, in a small blender place the first five ingredients (through mustard). Cover and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 350°F. In a medium bowl toss beets with 2 Tbsp. of the dressing. Arrange beets in air fryer, overlapping slightly. Air-fry about 20 minutes or until evenly browned and ruffled- looking. (Beets may not be crisp). Transfer beets to paper towels and let stand 10 minutes. (Beets will crisp as they cool.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss together spinach, farro, pears, and onion. Drizzle with the remaining dressing; toss to coat. Top servings with beet chips.

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Skye Gibbins4 months ago
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Delicious salad. It was my first time with my new air fryer, and I think the beets could have been better – they were a little uneven in thickness, because I was hand cutting them. I see a mandoline in my future!
Also I had a very large pear that was super-sweet. I could have used a half, or cut down a little on the maple syrup in the dressing. But I will continue working on this one – it’s a keeper!

Tracy8 months ago
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This was a very yummy salad! Thanks so much.

holly elizabeth9 months ago
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I doubled the dressing and added avocado that previous posters recommended. This salad is filling, refreshing and delish! I am not a lover or even a liker of beets, but using the dressing and air frying them made them tolerable. My husband loved them!! So we have a winner, a beet meal that we can both enjoy! That’s a first!

Georgia A.11 months ago
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So delicious! Added a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Avocado would be tasty with this, too.

Mona11 months ago
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Amazing!! Filling, tasty and flavor combinations that are superb! Good job FOK!

Tammy11 months ago
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You can easily bake them in the oven 425 app 15-20 min

Tammy11 months ago
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Amazing recipe! I added a little avocado and pomegranate seeds just becuz I had them to use up. Was a great addition my farro turned out kinda soggy like oatmeal but did add some into my salad and was delicious will post a pic on Instagram

Usha11 months ago
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To make this dressing one has to do lot of shopping.

Mira11 months ago
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I had all of these things in the house already…they’re pretty basic things!

Debra1 year ago
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I don’t eat gluten. Would substituting quinoa work?

Tanya11 months ago
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It should. I plan to use oat groats with it however- I find it a more subtle replacement for things like wheat, farro, barley etc. just make sure it’s certified gluten free if you’re celiac or intolerant (I get mine off Amazon)

Sara1 year ago
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I love this salad; so easy and filling. It was a hit at a recent pot-luck, where most guests were not WFPB.

Vince1 year ago
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Amazing. I used lemon instead of orange juice. I never write reviews lol but this was refreshing and delicious !

Geraldine Daane2 years ago
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What is I don’t want to buy another piece of equipment like an air fryer?

Carol11 months ago
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I’m with you, Geraldine. I have the slow cooker, the Vitamix, pots and pans, great roasting pans, and I have no intention to buy an air fryer. Eventually end up in the landfill. I’ll just skip the recipes if we need an air fryer. Oh, did I mention food processor too? Any suggestions on making w/o an air fryer?

Lk1 year ago
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I would say just cook the beats in the oven.

Harry S.2 years ago
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perfect summer day lunch salad.

the flavors all compliment each other.

Vanessa1 year ago
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Your definitely missing out by not having an air fryer, it’s actually the best invention since the microwave..

Marina Sanxchez2 years ago
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Air-Fry 20 min. but at what temperature?
Thanks

Liz Turner2 years ago
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Hi Marina. Air-fry at 350°F.

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Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.

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