10.21.2011

Beet Salad


I love a simple salad with fresh ingredients. I know, beets take forever to cook. A medium size beet can take 30 to 40 minutes to cook but it's worth the wait since I'll end up with a nice, healthy and delicious meal. I usually cook both yellow and purple beets but I couldn't find the yellow ones this time.
I love to combine both to make it colorful for Lucas. I am going through that face right now where I have to make everything fun and interesting for him to eat. I've never had that problem before but now I find myself more often playing and making all sorts of faces to get him to eat. I was reading that they go through this but I hope he goes back to normal soon. Sometimes I wish babies came with a manual but I am glad I live in a time where information is available to you with just a click.


Back to the recipe. Because beets take their time to cook, I usually make extra to keep in the fridge.
They make a great side dish when combined with herb couscous,  basically I do this same recipe but without the mixed greens and instead of slicing the beets I cube them. 



Ingredients:

3 medium beets
Mixed greens
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup pistachios
Blue cheese (I used gorgonzola dolce)
1 Lemon

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the beets. Cook until they are tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Let them cool a little bit and rub off the skins under running water with a soft cloth. The hotter they are, the easier it will be to peel them, but be careful not to burn yourself. Slice the beets into 1/4 inch thick slices. Lightly dress the mixed greens with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the salad by putting mixed greens in the center of a plate, place the sliced beets on top, add the blue cheese, pistachios and drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt. 
  




12 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about giving beets a second chance. When I was little I used to love them, cooked and cold from the fridge. Served like that, they tasted like cherries. Somehow over the years, I can't even stand the smell. I will try this salad to see if I can bring them back to my diet. Beautiful pictures by the way!

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  2. Thank you! it's funny how it happens sometimes. The same thing happened
    to me with white beans. Hugs

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  3. Que rico se ve esto prima!

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  4. Did you use your mandoline to slice the beet?
    To increase the chances to offset the occasional dirt aftertaste felt by some people, it's recommended to add a generous amount of cheese.

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  5. Yes! I did use a mandoline, easier and faster, I love it!

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  6. this is beautiful. Beet haas always been one of my favorites but never ever thought of making its salad, definitely will make it. Love the photo.

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  7. Thank you Ali! I am sure you will love it in a salad. Cheers!

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  8. Hi! I'm a new follower. I'll have to say that your blog is the first where the photos actually made my mouth water. Great job. Many of the dishes you make are similar to my style of cooking so I can't wait to see your future posts! Darn my recent post about how I'm cutting back on starches and sugar this holiday season! lol.

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  9. Thank you so much Cindy!! It's always good to have yummy-healthy options, I am all about that! hugs
    Najwa

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  10. Oh my, these pictures are gorgeous!

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  11. Hello! I just found your beet recipe on pinterest & wanted you to know that your photography is outstanding!!!! I love beets and can't wait to try your recipe. Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you so much!! that's so sweet of you! I'm glad you stopped by :)

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