Monday, June 27, 2011

Beet and Feta Salad

Our farmer's market isn't yet as bountiful as the one we visited last weekend in California.  I did find very nice beets with lush greens still attached.  Instead of doing something fancy with them, I decided to prepare a light lunch.  Believe me, after all the good dining on vacation, I am sorely in need of light meals!!

I always separate the greens from the beet root before refrigerating.  Otherwise, the leaves draw moisture from the beets.  I knew these wouldn't be around long but it has become a habit.


A Salad of Beet Roots on a Bed of Beet Greens with Feta

2 bunches of medium sized beets (10 total) with greens
Feta cheese
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic but regular is fine)
2 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Leave about two inches of stem on the beet and the root end intact.  Wash well as they can be sandy.  With the water clinging to them, wrap tightly in aluminum foil and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on size.  When cool enough to handle, "slip" off the peel and slice the beets about a quarter inch thick.  Set aside.

For the dressing, place the vinegar, sugar and salt into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until slightly reduced and syrupy in texture.  Add pepper to taste and pour over the beets.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

For the greens:  Remove the heavy stems and wash the greens well.  Rough chop them.  In a saucepan large enough to hold them, add about an inch of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature, add salt to taste and add the greens.  Cover the pot.  Stir occasionally until the leaves wilt and are tender.  Depending on the size (and age) of the beet greens, this can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

Drain the beet greens and allow to cool.  If putting the salad together right away, leave at room temperature.

Arrange the greens on a salad plate, top with some of the beets and drizzle some of the dressing over the greens.  Sprinkle with the feta.

ENJOY!



23 comments:

  1. beets I love, this looks really good, my favorite is Harvard Beets and one of the few things i cook. learned that in home ec in 9th grade. the only thing i learned in that class since i am a horrible cook

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  2. I love beets and I love my salads so adding feta along in the mix sounds amazing! So fresh and light!

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  3. This looks good -- we don't eat the leaves -- just the root but I may have to try your recipe.

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  4. Beets are one of my favourite things that's for sure!

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  5. I gotta tell you I love to cook I do it everyday, Your blog makes it so easy when I'm in a funk... The good news is Tia(my daughter) will eat everything. thanks for sharing

    Pattie

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  6. oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

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  7. We love beets at our house. You may find me at your door for lunch!

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  8. Please email me -- my email is on my profile page -- I'd love to visit with you about kitchens!

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  9. Love this salad! Beets make such a statement with their vivid color! Good tip on storing the beets, I'm not that familiar with buying them.

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  10. love love love beetroot..., the leaves are so good to pick when they're young and throw them raw into salads... totally yummy... a perfect meal here, ,love it!

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  11. Neither of us like beets, but it is very pretty!! Never thought I'd say that about a beet!!

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  12. What an interesting combination! I love beets and don't prepare them very often; you gave me the incentive.
    Rita

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  13. It always amazes me to discover how many people don't like beets. I love 'em. My mother always made a pickled beet salad I adored, but I never could get my kids to eat it.
    Now this one, I bet they'd like. Simple and the feta is perfect with it.

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  14. I really love that your recipe also utilizes the beet leaves. This sounds like a wonderful salad, Bonnie. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. Your salad sounds great! I LOVE beets and haven't had fresh ones in a while:@)

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  17. Oh, Bonnie! I want this RIGHT NOW! I think this sounds like it could be my favorite recipe! Evan and I do love our beets! Thank you!! blessings ~ tanna

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  18. Hi Bonnie! Oh, what a beautiful salad. Now I'm not a fan of beets, even though they're so pretty, Mr. Precious is! I'll have to make this for him and he'll be so pleased because I don't think I've ever done anything with beets except serve him the pickled ones right out of the jar! I know, my bad! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Stunning presentation. Love the colors! Hooray for beets and light lunches :)

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  20. I love beets, but I've never even tried the greens- I usually give them to my chickens. Hmm...I may just have to try the next ones myself! :)

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  21. Oh YES! This fits me to a tee!

    Love this recipe.

    Thanks!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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