Roast Beetroot Salad

 

Roast Beetroot Salad

Beautiful glistening domes of deep ruby beetroots are irresistible - especially when served with a fresh combination of salad greens, feta cheese and crunchy nuts.  The roasting juices make a glossy and piquant dressing with Balsamic vinegar and orange juice.

 Roast Beetroot Salad

 

I am a huge beetroot fan, in fact as a child my Granny used to give me a can of beetroot as a treat every time I visited her.  I have continued this tradition, though I now prefer to prepare my beets myself.

 

If you have a white pristine kitchen, this may not be the recipe for you – likewise if you are concerned about having pink hands, you may want to invest in some disposable gloves.  It is worth it though, I promise!

 

For the roast beets:

 

1kg small fresh beetroots, with leaves still on

2 orangesRoast Beetroot Salad

1 Spanish onion, cut into rings

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup of Balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

Whole head of garlic, still in skins

2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons each of finely chopped rosemary and parsley

Grated nutmeg

¼ teaspoon of salt

Fresh black pepper

Olive oil

 

Pre-heat oven to 200°C

 

To prepare the beets, wash them very well, trim off the stems and leaves and set aside any leaves which are in good enough condition to eat.  Peel the beets with a potato peeler (I have tried peeling before and after cooking and have come to the conclusion it is messy no matter when it is done, so just get on with it).

 

In a loaf pan or small baking tray nestle the baby beets together with the bay leaves and pour over the vinegar and oil.

 

Add the juice and zest of 2 oranges, honey, the garlic cloves and the onion rings.  Sprinkle over the salt, pepper, herbs, nutmeg and a little extra olive oil and bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes, or until the liquid has started to caramelise around the tender beets.

 

Sieve the pan juices into a small bowl, add a tablespoon of balsamic, the juice of half an orange and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.  Add a few of the caramelised onion rings and check seasoning, if too sweet add more balsamic.

 

Can be served slightly warm, it is better to allow the beets to cool before assembling the salad though.

 

 

For the salad:

 

Roasted baby beets, halved

200 grams feta cheese

1 spring onion, very finely sliced

1 pink lady apple, finely sliced, skin on dipped in lemon/orange juice

Zest of an orange

100 grams Flaked natural almonds or pinenuts

Handful of Cos lettuce and spinach

Caramelised onion rings

 

On a serving platter, lay out the lettuce and tumble in the beets.  Sprinkle over the spring onion and crumble in the feta cheese. 

 

Roast Beetroot Salad

 

Add the apple slices, zest over the orange and drizzle over the pan-juice dressing.

 

Lastly sprinkle over the pinenuts.  This salad does not keep very well and should be eaten the day it is made.

The beets, however will last for a week or more in their cooking liquor in  a sealed container in the fridge.