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Beet Salad....Dressing?

foodieop Dec 18, 2012 04:17 PM

I have just started to discover a love of beets, but have very little experience working with them. Tonight I am making a salad, Just a chop salad with lots of vegi's (celery, carrot, Bok choy white parts, Zucchini, spring onion, leaf lettuce) I decided to roast off some beets to add with some feta. But I am stumped as to what to do for the dressing. I have a few premade bottles, but also have a wide variety of vinegars, lemon juice, herbs and spices. Any suggestions are welcome. Also....Have a love of Kalamatas....Think they would go? Thanks in advance from the beet newbie.

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    foodieop Dec 20, 2012 07:51 PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I went with a basic vinaigrette made with champagne vinegar, and just a dab of yogurt. It was delish!

    1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 20, 2012 03:08 PM

      Sherry vinegar, olive oil, oregano and a touch of Dijon mustard would be lovely. And yes, add the Kalamatas, but between those and the feta, don't salt the dressing.

      1. twyst Dec 20, 2012 03:04 PM

        cranberry vinagrette. Tis the season.

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          cheesecake17 Dec 20, 2012 03:57 PM

          I'd love a recipe for the cranberry vinaigrette!

          1. re: cheesecake17
            twyst Dec 20, 2012 04:06 PM

            Will post it for you tommorow, its in my notebook @ work! Its a REALLY good recipe from a place I used to work. ;) We served it with a beet and arugala salad with camembert and pecan. Was a pretty awesome salad.

            1. re: cheesecake17
              BeefeaterRocks Dec 20, 2012 04:07 PM

              Here is a favorite from Bon Appetit. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          2. Marusik Dec 20, 2012 02:43 PM

            Either smelly oil (olive, sunflower, etc.) or mayo.

            1. JungMann Dec 19, 2012 08:56 AM

              Kalamatas, feta and beets sound great. I would go with a minted lemon dressing with a dash of Aleppo pepper in that case. I also think the taste of sumac accents the earthiness of the beets if you want to add in a dash or two.

              1. Gio Dec 19, 2012 06:50 AM

                Here's a Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing that's meant for a Beet Salad and is quite delicious...
                Scroll down to almost the bottom of the page.


                The introductory remarks are worth reading and the salad recipe is included.

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                  cheesecake17 Dec 20, 2012 04:09 PM

                  Thank you! Just made this now to go on my salad for dinner

                2. HillJ Dec 19, 2012 06:47 AM

                  The only rule I seem to follow with salads is if I'm adding cheese; especially a soft cheese, I don't use a salad dressing.

                  If you go with any dressing, use a light hand.

                  1. scubadoo97 Dec 19, 2012 06:39 AM

                    I love citrus dressing with beet salads. I've used orange, tangerine, lemon and lime and combinations of each.

                    1. mudcat Dec 19, 2012 06:34 AM

                      Sliced beets, cucumber, onion and lettuce and a runny Bleu dressing is my favorite salad.

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                        chloebell Dec 19, 2012 06:41 AM

                        Yep, go with a vinaigrette. Or, like the others said, simple lemon juice & olive oil, S&P work.

                        Here's another salad to try with roasted beets. Some arugula, beets & shaved Parmesan cheese w/ a vinaigrette. Sooooo good.

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                        magiesmom Dec 18, 2012 06:29 PM

                        Lemon juice and walnut oil

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                          acecil Dec 20, 2012 02:35 PM

                          I second this, simple and delicious

                          oops - this was supposed to be a reply to 'lemon juice and walnut oil', but I will add feta cheese puts this combo over the top

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                          hetook Dec 18, 2012 06:24 PM

                          Try some mint.( in Vinaigrette).

                          1. HillJ Dec 18, 2012 06:22 PM

                            I like fresh lime juice on beet salad.

                            1. splatgirl Dec 18, 2012 04:35 PM

                              IMO beets need acid. Either a citrus vinagrette--orange maybe--or creamy based on the feta but with enough bite to perk everything up. Or, if you grate the feta over everything you would probably be happy with just good olive oil and a squeeze of lemon plus salt and pepper.
                              Honestly, you've got kind of a weird combination of ingredients going but I'm an equal opportunity salad eater, so no complaints from me.

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