Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beetroot, Orange and Feta Salad – charmed I’m sure!

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My good friend Lorraine (poet, playwright, novelist and general all round funny girl) throws together an amazing beetroot salad. Could I steal it for my blog, I asked. Sure! She in turn had robbed it from her sister, who had gotten it from someone else, and so on. For me to make a beetroot salad is a big step, given how much I absolutely loathed it for years. If you are in the "loathe" camp, I urge you to try it again. You may surprise yourself.

Simply delicious!

It couldn’t be simpler. Shake some rocket leaves (arugula) onto a plate, add beetroot, orange and goats cheese. Et voila! - a dish full of rustic charm and bursting with flavour, without the kitchen staff breaking a sweat.

Except... my rustic charm gene had turned itself off the day I decided to make this salad. When I went to assemble the ingredients, the result was tasty but looked like a dog’s dinner. The more I tried to fix it, the more it fought back.
I refused to be beaten by beetroot! If it would not be bullied into submission, then I would just have to charm it onto the plate. How to charm it? Just add flowers.
Beetroot, Orange and Feta salad - greater than the sum of its parts

For each serving you will need...

1 beetroot, cooked and peeled
5 orange segments, pith removed
25g feta cheese, roughly crumbled
a selection of salad leaves, including some flat leafed parsley

As well as these essential ingredients, I added the following embellishments:

a tablespoon of fresh rocket flowers(arugula flowers)*
a teaspoon of fresh lavender flowers, unsprayed, organic

Beetroot tends to stain!
1                 Thinly slice the beetroot (a mandolin slicer is best for this job – mind fingers!) Place the beetroot slices on absorbent kitchen paper to blot up any excess juices. I used heart shaped cutters to stamp out pretty shapes for this salad.

2                 Arrange the beetroot in the centre of the plate. Arrange the other ingredients to please your eye. It is as simple as that (most days).
This salad needs no salt as the already salty Feta acts as a seasoning. You could add some vinaigrette to the leaves for an extra layer of flavour.

* I ended up with rocket flowers because I turned my back for a moment and my rocket plants went to seed. The flowers taste just like the leaves. If you are not a careless gardener like me, and don't have an accidental supply of rocket flowers, you could use other edible flowers like nasturtium, or borage as suggested by Mona of Wise Words.
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31 comments:

Three-Cookies said...

Unique combination of ingredients, and it certainly left a lasting impression:)

Parsley Sage said...

Gorgeous salad! I think the little beetroot stain is adorable :)

Jill Colonna said...

Hester, this salad is so beautiful. Love the addition of the flowers. Haven't seen rocket flowers so have to find them. They're adorable. Beetroot and orange also a lovely combo. Even your stains are gorgeous :-)

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Such a pretty salad! I love the stain :)

Rachel said...

Those are three of my favorite foods, especially when their together! It's true that the best salads aren't always beautiful. Your beet-hearts are adorable!

Kelly said...

How cute is this?! Love the idea and it looks delicious :)

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

j'adore those heart shaped beets... heavenly!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Wow! Hester This salad is stunningly gorgeous, I have to say! You just inspired me to make beautiful salad for you too! My next post is for you. Cheers!!!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous Hester! I love the flowers and how simple it is to throw together!

Anne said...

Hester...believe it or not...there was once a time when I refused to even try beets. But from my first bite on, I was hooked! This salad is beyond beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous! : )

Ann said...

I have buzzed this beautiful, charming dish! The heart cut-outs made me smile....

WiseMóna said...

Gorgeous Hester. I grow rocket but have very few flowers? However, Borage grows like a weed inside and outside our polytunnel and it is a gorgeous star-shaped purple (edible) flower. Sharing this on Facebook. So so pretty.

Kristin said...

The presentation is just beautiful!

Giulietta @ Alterkitchen said...

You know... beetroots are the only food I don't eat (I have really bad memories from my childhood :S), but maybe it's time to give it a try ... again! :)

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

That is so pretty ... what an original way to serve beetroot. I didn't know that you could eat the arugula flowers and will have to give this a try.

Celia said...

I love those heart-shaped beets! And this recipe's lineage - great recipes are totally meant to be shared and passed on, and this one looks like one of em...

Rosita Vargas said...

beautiful and delicious salad simple and beautiful I love the flowers, hugs. and kisses

Maureen said...

I love this salad! I've never used the flowers with it and I always use home made pickled beetroot. It's an absolute favorite salad for me.

Koci said...

This looks so yummy! I just tried beets for the first time earlier this week, so it's great to see another way to prepare them. I love the pairing with the goat cheese!

Butrcreamblondi said...

Beautiful salad! I love the heart shaped beets!

Bromography said...

I have always had an aversion to beets. However, your lovely salad is tempting!

Lizzy said...

Oh, yum! And besides being delicious...this is one gorgeous salad. I'm thinking of some sliced beets with your basil vinaigrette....mmmmmmm.

The Harried Cook said...

LOVE the heart shaped beets :) And all the elements of this salad sound so perfect together... Gorgeous pictures, too! Love that little beet stain :) Very cute!

Lilly said...

This salad is love on a plate! Great way of serving the beetroots. The little flowers are just too cute!

Spicie Foodie said...

I love beets! This salad is one that will continue to be shared and "stolen" by many. What a great recipe. Love the heart shaped beets, too cute.

Kate@Diethood said...

Hester, I love the flavors!! Everything in there is a favorite... especially the feta. :)

Jackie said...

I really like beetroot. I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I love the heart shapes. It really makes a beautiful salad.

kankana said...

Loving the beet root recipe .. and it is such a cute hearth shape one :)

PFx said...

Lovely sentimental plate with a touch of classic and floral aroma. I am turned on, it's sexy! ;)

Pat Shankey said...

Hi Hester, your beetroot salad looks as appealing as it is simple - Die-ing to try it! PJ & Frances (Loathe beetroot camp!)

Tiffany said...

This looks like a beautiful stained glass window! I heart this salad!