Beet and Bean Salad

So we are both suckers for beets... so are my three girls (2, 5, & 8). Maybe you love them too! We just discovered this salad and love it... Karen, pesto, bacon and beets, can you go wrong??

1 16 oz jar of beets
1 can (15oz) cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped red onion
4 Cups romaince lettuce/spinach
1/2 C pesto
1/4 C cooked and crumbled bacon (we use turkey bacon, works great)
1/4 tsp black pepper

Drain beets, reserving half the juice. In large bowl, combine beans, celery and onion. Add salad blend and toss gently. Add beets. In a small saucepan, cook and strir beet liquid, pesto, bacon bit, and pepper over medium heat until hot, 1 to 2 min. Add to salad, toss gently. Serve immediately.
variation: I think throwing in some kind of pasta (bowtie, rotini, etc) would be wonderful too!
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