Apr. 19th, 2009

Beet salad

Apr. 19th, 2009 11:17 pm
chavvah: (lick me)
I'm still hard at work on my "using up the contents of my cupboard" plan, although I did buy a couple of cans of soup this weekend because the brand I liked was on sale. I have already drastically reduced the amount of money I am spending on groceries, which is pretty awesome, since most staples have gone up in price.

Recently I went to a friend's sister's restaurant, where I was served a delicious raw beet salad. I have never much cared for cooked or pickled beets, but I really enjoyed this salad and I was hoping to recreate it with some beets I got in my Freshbox.

I have found a recipe that I think is pretty close, and am recording it here for posterity.

Grated Beet Salad With Citrus Herb Dressing

Ingredients:
1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh orange juice
3 tbsp (50 mL) olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) each of grated orange zest and fresh lemon juice
liquid honey and Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
3 peeled and finely grated raw beets
1 tbsp (15 mL) mixed chopped fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, chervil and chives)

Preparation:
Whisk together orange juice, olive oil, grated orange zest, fresh lemon juice, liquid honey and Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir into beets to coat evenly. Add chopped fresh herbs.


This will be perfect because I have an ass ton of Valencia oranges and I find them too pithy/seedy for eating, but great for juicing and zesting.

Things I will probably change: I think I will julienne the beets rather than grating them, and possibly also throw in some julienned carrots as I have several carrots to use up. The salad I had also incorporated a soft goat cheese, which was super awesome, and I would like to include that. If I can find a herby cheese, so much the better. I will have to see what I can find at Fenton's after work tomorrow. Failing that, I know I can get a really nice herb and goat cheese spread at Tall Grass that will probably work.

I will let you guys know how this works out!

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