27 January 2011

"So You THINK You Hate Beets?" Salad

My husband hated, hated, hated (ok, you get the idea) beets before I made this salad a few years ago.  Now, he has been converted to the beet lovers side.  I hope anyone who says they hates vegetables or beets tries this salad, as I have made it for many veggie-haters, as well, and converted them all.

Ingredients:

a bunch of Beets, Leaves attached (usually about 5)
A head of Lettuce (Romaine works great but we happened to have Iceberg)
Feta Cheese, Goat Cheese, or Blue Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Garlic Clove, minced or Garlic Salt
Pepper
Curly Parsley, if you like

Optional:
Blanched, sliced Almonds or
Soybeans or
Croutons or
Blanched Fresh Greenbeans


Chop Lettuce into bite sized bits and wash in cold water.  Drain very well and set aside in large bowl.




Cut the Leaves off the Beets and for now, set aside.  Scrub and boil the Beets until tender, when knife will slide in easily.  Allow to cool.




Boiled Beets, peeled on right.  Peel Beets, very easy to do at this point but I recommend gloves as Beets can stain skin.  I never wear gloves, personally.  Cut Beets into wedges.  Add to lettuce.




Cut the stems of the leaves into managable bite size.  Leaves can be chopped or left whole.  Rinse well. 




Boil for 3 minutes.  I had them in a metal sieve in the boiling pot of water to remove quickly.




Immediately put in cold water with ice.




Drain and add to salad.




In a bowl, combine one part Balsamic Vinegar to two parts Olive Oil, teaspoon of Garlic Salt, 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper, and Parsley (if you like). 




Drizzle over salad.  Combine and top with Cheese and optional toppings.




Serve with good, crusty bread if you like.  Smacznego!

4 comments:

Dawn said...

Yummy! My hubby used to hate beets too. We now grill them in olive oil and he loves them just like that. This salad sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

Sounds delicious, Dawn! Perhaps you could write a post on your blog with pictures about your grilled beets. I've never had them like that and would be curious to see how it looks.

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momphotographer said...

I've got to try this one!I've never used the leafes with beets salad. Looks very yummy!