Never met a beet salad I didn't love, nope, nary not a one. If there's a beet salad on the menu, odds are high (as in 99.9%) that I'll be chomping at the beet bit. I recall one memorable beet salad at the Snake River Grill in Jackson, Wyoming three years ago, another at Brasserie here in St. Louis just last week and dozens in between. I love how chefs vary a simple roasted beet salad, some times dressing up the beets, but often just letting them stand alone almost-black and all aglisten.
But it was our friend Maxine Stone – the Maxine I call her now, she of Missouri's Wild Mushrooms, the guidebook to foraging for mushrooms commissioned by the Missouri Department of Conservation plus the Hot 'n' Sour Chickpeas everyone's loving – who's had me lusting for one beet salad after another. At dinner one relaxed and unseasonably warm April Friday evening, she laid out a simple supper, mushroom and butternut squash ravioli (St. Louisans, watch for these in the freezer at Viviano's On the Hill, they were fabulous) sauteed with tiny bites of morels and asparagus; roasted beets with goat cheese; and a simple salad and good bread. Among friends, what a feast!
My version starts with roasted beets served at room temperature for the most flavor, with a few chunks of good feta – which, at room temperature, also turns as creamy as goat cheese, but with fewer calories. A good stinky blue cheese? Yes, that would be dreamy too. I use just a teaspoon of olive oil to make the beet cubes slickery, a touch of lemon juice to brighten it all, a quick chop-chop of fresh dill (or chive or basil or tarragon or ...) for contrast, a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper. That's it. Sublime.
RECIPE for ROASTED BEET SALAD
Time to table: 5 minutes
1 large roasted beet, peeled and diced (My Favorite Way to Roast Beets)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 splash of lemon juice (or a little gentle vinegar would work too)
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh herbs - dill, basil, tarragon, chive
1 ounce feta, cut in large cubes
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
If you like beets, roast a few at a time and then there are just so many quick-quick ways to use them. Watch for recipes that call for cooked beets, they're marked with a like this.
Baked Beets Glazed Rutabagas African Pepper, Tomato & Spinach Mashed Potatoes & Carrots Beets in Orange Sauce Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Asparagus with Anchovies & Garlic Roasted Beets Supper Salad Beet Green Risotto Beet Greens & Three-Onion Pizza Eggplant Steaks German Salad Dressing Never Buy Salad Dressing Again! Slow-
Roasted Asparagus Five-Minute Homemade Cocktail Sauce Homemade Greek Salad Dressing
MORE FAVORITE BEET RECIPES
~ My Favorite Way to Roast Beets ~
~ Beet Pesto ~
~ Swedish Beets ~
~ Beet Carpaccio ~
~ more beet recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture
~ Borscht Beets with Sour Cream ~
~ Karelian Borscht (Russian Beet Borscht Soup) ~
~ Those Pink Potatoes ~
~ more beet recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade, my food column