Oh, people! This is such a great summer salad! And it's no more than pickled beets, summer blueberries and some fresh mint. (Really, that's it!) It was one of three salads I made for our Midsummer party back in June – all which went-went-went but half to my surprise, it was the Pickled Beet Salad that sooo many people remarked upon. Ours was a mixed gathering of foodies + family. The foodies? All over this salad. (The family? Not.So.Much. So goes my life.) One quote? "I hope no one's counting but I'm going back for thirds."
So yeah, it's a great salad. But for the host? Totally easy! I pickled the beets early in the week with this recipe, Refrigerator Pickled Beets. (They're "refrigerator pickles" so there's no daunting canning required but you could also buy a jar or two of pickled beets.) Five minutes before serving, I drained the beets, tossed in a few handfuls of fresh blueberries and slivers of fresh mint. It was on the buffet in two minutes, max.
RECIPE for PICKLED BEET SALAD with FRESH BLUEBERRIES & MINT
Time to table: 5 minutes
Makes about 2 cups
JUST THREE INGREDIENTS
Pickled Beets (a small batch Refrigerator Pickled Beets or a jar of pickled beets)
Fresh mint, cut in ribbons
Drain the beets. If needed, cut into bite-size pieces. Just before serving, toss with blueberries and mint. Enjoy!
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
For a party for 35 with lots (lots ...) of other food choices, I made the "large batch" of Refrigerator Pickled Beets and added two or three cups of blueberries. Just the right amount!
Want to carry this salad to a party? I'd drain the beets, dump the beets on top (but not combine) and carry the mint separately. Then at the party, stir the three together.
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