Hello from Costa Rica! And my sun poisoning says hello, as well! I think I really do have a minor case of sun poisoning and it’s a real downer. Having too much fun in the sun really does come at a cost. The only thing I burned was my arms since I wore a short sleeve rash guard while boogie boarding for hours. My husband recommended the long sleeve, but did I listen? Nope. Have I learned nothing in a year of marriage?!

PaleOMG Creamy Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts

We also walked pretty much everywhere the past few days, but I haven’t worn shoes that are supportive in the least bit. So my feet are screaming. So I have a sun burn on my arms, my bottom lip is sticking out Kardashian style from seeing a little too much sun, and my feet are swollen like I’m 9 months pregnant. I’m looking sexy AF.

Well, we only have one full day of left here in Costa Rica and I’m still going to live it up. Luckily not on the beach today. But we are going on an ATV tour through waterfalls, which is going to be amazing! Then it’s back to Colorado tomorrow then straight to Dallas for an event through the weekend. I’m hoping my sunburn and swollen feet can calm the tits down by then so I can at least fake that I have my sh*t together. Here’s hoping!

Ok, I need to get back to hanging out with my husband, but in the meantime – MAKE THIS RECIPE! It’s seriously the most simple recipe but it is SO good. I’m glad I was able to change my mind about beets because I’m obsessed with them now and eating them almost daily!

PaleOMG Creamy Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts

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Creamy Beet Salad with Candied Walnuts

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  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Place cooled beets in a bowl.
  2. Place a small saute pan over medium heat and add walnuts to toast for about 5 minutes. Once they begin to brown and become fragrant, add maple syrup and coconut sugar and continuously stir to help coat the walnuts in the sugar. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes then remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Once walnuts are cool, add them to the bowl with the beets along with the cheese, sherry vinegar, parsley and coarse salt and mix to combine.
  4. Serve immediately!*


*If you are serving this at another time, mix in the walnuts right before you serve it to keep them from getting soft or soggy

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  1. Laura says:

    Hi, Julie! Sorry to hear about your sunburn….what a bummer. Hope you heal fast. Just out of curiosity have you ever tried the Betabrand Yoga pants before? Just curious what your thoughts were on those. And do you find beets to taste like dirt? I am really trying to like them but I can’t get past the taste. Do you think this recipe hides that taste to the beets? Last question, have you tried listening to Someone Knows Something podcast? And of course the super popular Up and Vanished podcast?

    1. juli says:

      never heard of that brand before. and i always thought beets tasted like dirt until i roasted them a certain way then i began to love them! i think it just takes time for your tastebuds to adjust sometimes. and yes, love those two podcasts!

  2. Carrie says:

    This looks so good and EASY! Thanks, Juli!!!

  3. kelly says:

    loved this recipe! i couldnt find that cheese so I used goat cheese and mixed some Dill in. Delish! It was a little sweet for my boyfriend, so if you don’t like very sweet just a caution, but i LOVED it!

    1. juli says:

      dill sounds amazing! i’m going to have to try that next time!

  4. Elizabeth Resnick says:

    This sounds amazing! I have been on the beet bandwagon for years. I have bought the lovebeets brand which is super convenient. I also find roasting them way easier than boiling. I just barely rinse them, roast them till they’re easy to pierce and peel after they are cool. Love them in salads or can totally just drizzle a little balsamic and olive oil, salt them and go to town!

  5. Misty S says:

    Delish! I subbed in herbed goat cheese cause I had it in my fridge but followed the rest of the recipe. Just good, simple flavors. Loved it!

    1. juli says:

      yay!! goat cheese is pretty much the best