September 05, 2010

Roasted Beets with Walnut Dressing


This is such a humble salad, but the key element that lifts this dish to a completely new level is the amazing walnut dressing. I found some gorgeously fragrant French walnut oil to use with a splash of caramelised balsamic vinegar that I bought on my trip to Berry during Easter. This beets salad is simply a genius combination of flavours that is an absolute must try when fresh beets are available.


Roasted Beets with Walnut Dressing
(Recipe adapted from Marie Claire Comfort by Michele Cranston)

2-3 small to medium sized beets, washed and leaves cut
small handful of cashew nuts, toasted slighty
2 big handfuls of rocket, washed and drained well
2 tbsp good walnut oil
1 tbsp caramelised balsamic vinegar
salt, black pepper

Preheat oven to 180C, wrap each beetroot in foil and place in an oven dish. Roast for 40-60 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool, then peal of the skins and cut into quarters. In a small bowl, combine the walnut oil and the balsamic vinegar and season well. Arrange the rocket, beets and toasted cashew nuts on a serving plate and drizzle with the dressing. Serve on its own as a light meal or as a side dish to red or white meat.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. Yum. It's nice to see cashews in your salad as well. That last photo looks like a bloody salad massacre!

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  2. Delicious! I've made a similar salad in the past, and the addition of walnut oil is so delicious with beetroots :)

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  3. yumm I had cashews and beetroots in a salad for lunch.
    However my beetroots were canned, fresh looks so much yummier!!

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  4. What a pretty salad! I love roasting beets in the oven like this, it really brings out all their natural sweetness (would you believe my mom used to boil them when I was a kid?). The walnut dressing and whole cashews sounds like a great pairing with the beets!

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  5. mmm that dressing does sound fabulous! Seriously good salad!

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  6. Beetroot has really experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. I loved eating them as a child and my taste has definitely not changed. Besides, it is such an easy-to-grow vegetable. Your salad looks great.

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  7. Cashews and Beetroot.. couldn't think of anything better!

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  8. A delightful beets salds!! I also love beets!

    MMMMMMMM,..lovely & well styled food!

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