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little gem with beets and feta dressing

Salads are a good start to any meal, especially if you are serving a main course that is heavier in texture and flavor, such as a stew, beef or even pasta.

Beets can be messy to roast yourself though the flavor is more rich and nutty than pickled or ready made.  However, to avoid staining your hands and cutting board, the beets in this recipe can most definitely come from a jar or package rather than a baking dish.

little gem with beets and feta dressing

Salads are a good start to any meal, especially if you are serving a main course that is heavier in texture and flavor, such as a stew, beef or even pasta.

Beets can be messy to roast yourself though the flavor is more rich and nutty than pickled or ready made.  However, to avoid staining your hands and cutting board, the beets in this recipe can most definitely come from a jar or package rather than a baking dish.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 6
5 beets, peeled and cut into wedges
2 medium red onions, cut into wedges
3 tablespoon olive oil
3 heads little gem, cleaned in bite size pieces
1 small head of radicchio lettuce, clean and in bite-size pieces
4 leaves mint, finely chopped
salad dressing
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey or more to taste
4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (125g)
salt and pepper to taste
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thoughts&stories

There is nothing like watching someone try to cut or push a large piece of lettuce in their mouth.  It either is a fight across the salad plate, or a mess of dressing and greens while consuming.  Therefore, I always serve lettuce and its accompaniments in more bite-size pieces to make it make it easier to eat, and to allow a more blend of flavor.

I think the key to a good salad is in the dressing.  You really have to toss the salad to make sure all the flavors are evenly and well distributed.  Then you need to season with salt and maybe some pepper and toss again, taste- repeat.  Too often the salad is not tasted before served and becomes boring and a chore to eat rather than a pleasure.

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little gem with beets and feta dressing
  • time
    1 1/2 hours
  • serves
    6
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

  • salad dressing

Directions

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roasting the beets

Preheat oven to 375.

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In a medium bowl, add the beets, onions and olive oil, toss to well coat and add some salt.

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Place the vegetables on a baking sheet and roast for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally to assure even cooking.

4
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When vegetables are tender, remove from oven and let cool.

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salad

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and honey. Set aside.

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In another small bowl, mix feta cheese, yoghurt, and lemon zest. It should remain chunky. Season with pepper.

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Place the lettuces, beets and onion in a large bowl. Add the lemon dressing and toss well. Add the feta dressing and toss again. Taste and season as necessary.

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Plate on individual plates and sprinkle with fresh mint. Serve immediately.