August 18, 2010

Salad of Beets, Chickpeas and Feta


This is another easy salad recipe that would work as well as a light meal, as a dinner party entrée. The deep red colour of the beetroot looks lovely mixed with the shiny white feta and the green rocket. I adore the flavours of this salad, and I can never have enough feta cheese. It gives its lovely creaminess and saltiness to this dish along with the peppery rocket and the mild chickpeas. Nutritionally this is also a wholesome meal as the chickpeas provide a good amount of protein to it. This is real feel good food.


Salad of Beets, Chickpeas and Feta
(Recipe adapted from Marie Claire 'Spicy')

3-4 small beets, leafy tops removed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 orange, juiced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cups rocket (arugula)
2 1/2 cups canned chickpeas, drained & rinsed
200g feta cheese

Preheat the oven to 200C. Put the beets into a baking dish, pour in 1/2 cup of water, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour or until knife passes easily through the beets. Allow to cool and peel the skins off. Cut the beets into small wedges and place in a bowl. Add the cumin, orange juice and olive oil and toss well. Arrange the rocket, beets, feta and chickpeas on a serving dish and drizzle on the remaining dressing.



Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely! That's one of my favourite combinations (because the colours are so pretty!)

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  2. lovely colour, texture & perfect taste. YUMMY!

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  3. I love the salad!! And of course, since you have all the ingredients that I like :D

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  4. I've had a similar version of this made with ricotta instead of fetta - not as salty but works just as well.

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  5. Ahhh! gimme a bowl of this any day and I will be happy. love the colours. reminds me that spring is just around the corner :)

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  6. Also, beetroot is super-high in antioxidants as well as pretty...They're good candied sightly too (no water in the baking dish and just oil and a bit of honey). Great photo ^_^

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  7. Ooohhh now this is my kind of salad!! I used to get scared of beetroot for reasons I can't even remember anymore, but now I enjoy it in salads. The sweetness with balsamic is just too irresistible!

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  8. Ohhh yummy! Another great idea for a working lunch ;)

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  9. Mmm, I love roasted beets on my salad, especially with feta! Yum!

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  10. Ahhh, feta is such an amazing ingredient. It seems to amplify whatever it is served with and is fast becoming my favorite cheese. Beautiful and Thanks so much for stopping by Sippity Sup! GREG

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  11. Maria, I'm loving all of these clean and healthy meals you're making lately!

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  12. I've never put all those ingredients together before! It sounds lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. Roasted beetroot is the best way to have it! This really does sound like a lovely lunch idea and starts to bring in spring, while still using winter ingredients.

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  14. the colours on this plate are outstanding, especially the beetroot

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