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Nov 1, 2011 09:16 AM

Thanksgiving beet salad recipes

I've shifted my focus to Thanksgiving dinner recipes. I like to include a beet salad, but have already done beets with goat cheese and walnut twice (which I love, love, love). Any suggestions for a new take on beet salad? By the way, I have both Ottolenghi cookbooks but have not tried his beet salads, so feedback on the suitablity of those for Thanksgiving woudl be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hi - I make a Finnish beet salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas as it is a traditional holiday dish in Finland (my spouse loves it) and it tastes pretty good (if you like beets, which I assume that you do!). See this link - There are a few variations, just Google "Finnish beet salad" and you will find them.

    1. Two ways I've been making beets lately:


      Melt 1/2 stick butter with 3 Tbsp horseradish, 2.5 Tbsp maple syrup or agave, 2.5 Tbsp sherry vinegar, and salt, pepper and pickling spice to taste.

      Add quarted baby beets and boil until reduced, about 5 minutes'

      I like to serve this over the sauteed beet greens.


      Roast full size beets with olive oil, and herbs of your choice, for an hour at 400 degrees. Cool and dice.

      1/2 cup orange juice (blood orange if you can find is best)

      1/4 cup cider vinegar

      salt, pepper and oregano

      chopped hot peppers of your choice, or red pepper flakes

      1/2 red onion sliced thin, then halved into half moons

      Throw all together and marinade overnight.

      1. Jacques Pepin does a nice small plate salad of just beets with sour cream, a touch of vinegar, and chiffonaded basil. It's quite nice. I also think raw beet salads are a nice variation on the theme.

        1. i LOVE the sound of this one, and it's certainly seasonal:

          1. Maryld: Would you be so kind as to post your beet, goat cheese & walnut salad? Sounds wonderful. Thanks!

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            1. re: pine time

              Wow--lots of great recipes--thanks .

              For Pine Time: It 's Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Sherry-Walnut Vinaigrette from Whole Foods, but I use a mesclun mix instead of spinach. It's very good.

              1. re: Maryld

                Thanks, Maryld--plan to make it this weekend as a trial for Thanksgiving.