Posts tagged ‘beets’

December 2, 2011

Food: Asian Striped Beet and Carrot Salad.

I know. This looks amazing. It tastes amazing too.

Summer Salad, you say?

They are root vegetables so I am in the right season. When I look at this I think of summer though..but back to winter because these striped beets remember me of Christmas. Yes, I’ve had a lot of coffee today.

And to clarify, the beets are not Asian. The salad is Asian because of the sesame oil and the rice wine vinegar. I don’t want you going to the grocery store and asking for Asian beets. That would just be awkward.

This picture above is a bit blurring in spots, but look at where it is focused. The layers of beets! This makes me smile.

Asian Striped Beet and Carrot Salad

adapted from Epicurious

Yield – 2 large salads or 4 side salads


  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • splash of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 small-medium striped beets, cleaned and peeled
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley


1. In a small bowl, combine hazelnuts through sesame oil. Mix to combine. Add pepper and salt to taste.

2. Using a mandoline on the thinnest setting, slice beets and carrots. Add sliced vegetables to dressing mixture. Toss gently with hands (or spoon). Add chopped parsley.

3. Let sit a free minutes before serving. Can be made the day before serving – the flavors are all the more developed.



July 20, 2011

Food: Roasted beet and garden fresh arugula salad.

There is something special about picking lettuce from your own garden. And it is even more special when it is peppery Arugula. Arugula is so easy to plant. Drop a few seeds in a row, and in a few days you will see them sprout. I started eating mine after 2 weeks of planting the seeds. Love that.

So on to beets. I think you either love them or hate (dislike) them. I happen to love them. Besides the long cooking time, visually they are eye candy. Their texture and taste are so velvety smooth.

Plus your finger tips turn pinkish redish while preparing. Not sure if that is a good thing or not?!?!?!

There aren’t exact measurements for this recipe. I usually don’t measure my salad greens or feta cheese or qunioa when I am plating a dinner in a hurry for one. The ingredients list are a guide for you. 

I cooked 1 cup of quinoa, so that I would have leftovers for another dish during the week. I probably used about 1/2 cup on this salad. 

Roasted beet and garden fresh arugula salad


  • 2 medium to large beets, scrubbed
  • arugula, freshly picked from my garden
  • quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • feta cheese
  • Garlic Balsamic salad dressing
  • chives, cut
  • slivered almonds…i added these after I took the pictures, oops.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beets tightly in foil and place on sheet pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hours or until tender in the middle. Let cool on sheet pan, with foil open. Once cool enough to handle, with a paper towel remove skin. Dice 1/2 or 1 whole beet up per serving.
2. Assemble salad plate. Layer with arugula, quinoa, diced beets and feta. Dress salad and sprinkle chives and almonds on top.

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