Last night I came up with a new flavor combination that I think I have fallen in love with. I bought some fresh beets last week and promptly roasted them when I brought them home. I stuck them in a zip bag and stuck them in the fridge. I was making dinner last night and was making maques choux and considered making Madhur Jaffery's beets with yogurt and decided 2 creamy dishes would be too much. I ended up peeling and slicing the cold beets and dressing them with balsamic vinegar a bit of Boyajian orange oil and a chiffonade of fresh mint s&p to taste. Wow was that good served cold as a salad or pickled veg. No exact measurement, maybe 1/4 C. balsamic to about 1/4 tsp.orange oil, I guess orange zest would work too but the oil is what I had. The mint variety I have growing is a chocolate mint. The beets were 3 mid-sized red beets and i had just put them in a covered casserole and roasted at 350 F. for about an hour.
Yep...That is indeed tasty. One of my stand-by flavor combos. I usually use, as you mention, orange (or tangerine) zest. This whole mix is only made better by the addition of some toasted chopped walnuts.
I love this combo too, but use orange flavored olive oil and balsamic. Sometimes I like to crumble a bit of blue cheese on this and also a few pine nuts. Another great combo is roasted beets and mangos. Glad it's fresh beet season--please let us know if you come up with any other tasty beet recipes!