I was just thinking, a friend and I had a fabulous salad-ish appetizer at a restaurant in NYC that we still talk about. It's roasted beets, mascarpone cheese and smoked salmon with fresh basil. They sliced the beets and then layered the cheese and salmon on top like a little tower and then topped it with fresh basil. It's been maybe 4 years and we still talk about it! I think there were three slices of beet - top bottom and one in the middle between layers of the cheese and salmon. The restaurant used the regular purple beets, but we talked about how pretty it would have been with golden beets. Anyway, it would be a nice alternative to the usual green salad.
I'm making myself hungry!