Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's for Lunch? Candied Striped Beets & Feta Salad



These beets are special. They are called Chioggia, or Candy Striped Beets, and are very showy.

They are the prettiest of the lowly beet clan, however they are more show than flavor.
They are the least sweet of the beet family. I like to mix them with red and yellow when I can find them.



When I see them, I can't pass them up. I roast them and serve them with a nice arugula salad topped with feta or goat cheese.

Stop showing off.



Roasted Chioggia Beet Salad w/ Feta:

4 candy stripe beets (chioggia), trimmed of greens, leaving about 2" of stems intact.
olive oil & Kosher salt

Wrap up the beets in a foil package and drizzle w/ olive oil and sprinkle w/ kosher salt.
Roast for 60 minutes in a 400F oven. When the beets have cooled, rub the skins off and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Salad:

1 bag of washed arugula leaves
1/4 cup of feta or goat cheese
sliced beets

2 tbsp cider vinegar
7 tbsp olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
tsp honey

Quarter or slice the beets and arrange them around baby arugula. Drizzle the dressing on top and sprinkle on some feta cheese.



Enjoy!

8 comments:

Ginny Lee said...

they look like jewels!

The Japanese Redneck said...

They are pretty. I would try them if you'd fix them for me, but still would not cook beets for myself...as I do not know if I would eat them.

Joanne said...

They are so pretty! I would buy them just for the aesthetics alone!

We Are Not Martha said...

Those beets are beautiful!! My isn't a beet fan, but how could he turn away something so fabulous looking?? :)

Sues

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Love this beet salad , thanks:)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Beets are one of my favorite and these seem painted by an artist.

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tasteofbeirut said...

Love beets so much, never saw these, but they remind me of the watermelon radishes. Salad is perfect.