Roasted Beet Salad

Hold on to your hats, it’s another salad recipe!  Don’t worry I am not turning into a health nut and abandoning my baking, that will never happen!  I just have some extra time now that I am on summer holidays and I am trying new things.

I was introduced to this beet salad last week.  Linda had told me about it, and I really was not sure if I would like it or not, but when she was here she made it for me.  I love beets, but this recipe called for beet tops! The tops? Isn’t that the part that you throw out? We always did. Until now!

Roasted Salad

This is Linda’s recipe, not exactly sure where she got it from

1 bunch of beets – tops included

1 tsp minced garlic

1 T olive Oil

Feta crumbled – amount to preference

nuts – amount to preference

Vinegar/balsamic/lemon juice

Directions:

1. Separate beets from the tops

Normally I would have thrown all this away, KEEP IT!!!

2. Clean off beets – wash off any loose dirt

I have to wash mine in a bowl because I have a white sink and they stain the sink.  NOTE: never buy a white sink – keeping it clean is a nightmare!

3. Dry off and roast – I roasted mine on the BBQ.  Wrap in foil and turn often as not to burn.  I put one side on low and the other on medium. Took approx 45 minutes

5. While beets are roasting prepare the rest of the salad

6. Prepare you beet greens – trim off the stems and any thick woody veins, as they can be tough.  Wash and make sure to dry

7. Chop your greens – I found it easiest to layer, roll and slice

8. Chop nuts, I used pecans because that is what I had. I’m sure any nut would work

9. Crumble Feta

10. When beets are roasted, allow to cool enough to handle and remove skins.  Slice beets

11. In a large skillet, warm oil and add garlic

12. Add greens and saute until wilted and tender – I don’t like mine too wilted, I prefer it to have a bit of a bite

13. Assemble salad starting with greens, then beets, feta and nuts.  Add as much as you like – I did approx 1 T of each

14. Add vinegar – the original recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, (I hate balsamic vinegar) but I used regular vinegar and it was wonderful, lemon was also delicious! You could use any of your favourite dressings.

Delicious!!! I was so surprised that I liked this salad.  I was very unsure of the beet tops, but they were excellent, kind of like spinach. The roasted beet and feta really worked well together and the added crunch of the pecans was very nice.  The vinegar really pulled everything together nicely.  A very delicious salad, very refreshing.  I can see making this many more times as the fresh beets are now out!

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Watermelon Salad

I stepped outside of my comfort zone today, well actually I did a triple back flip and an Irish Jig when I landed, and made Watermelon Salad!!  There wasn’t any sugar, chocolate or flour, amazing that I even attempted it, really.  Anyways….

It was a year or so ago when I first saw a ‘Watermelon Salad’, it really peaked my interest.  More and more they were popping up, and I kept saying ‘I’d like to try that’.  I have been asking around and no one that I knew had tried it.  I was hoping for someone to tell me either way to see if it was worth a try.  I looked up a lot of different recipes and they were all basically the same, watermelon, feta, onions, mint and a dressing.  The one thing that really got me was feta? really? Feta and Watermelon? how could this be good? Well, today was the day, I was going to try it! Being that I wasn’t sure, I scaled down the recipe only using 1 cup of melon and a 1/6 of everything else.

Watermelon Salad

Adapted from Fresh Tastes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

1. Combine watermelon, feta cheese, red onion, and mint in a large bowl.


2. Pour the lime juice and olive oil over the watermelon mixture and toss gently to coat.
3. Serve immediately.

I was pleasantly surprised, it was pretty good!  The feta and watermelon went together better than I expected, they seem to complement each other.  The watermelon seems to cut the salt and tang of the feta. The onions gave it a bit of a bite and a nice citrus zing with the lime dressing.  Next time, I think I will omit the mint.  Maybe I just added too much but it did give me a very overpowering mint flavour.  Reminded me too much of Gum.  A lovely fresh and refreshing salad I will be making again!