an unbeatable beet salad

A few weeks ago I wrote about my burnt carrot salad.

At the time I thought it was pretty much the best you could get when it came to vegetable salads.

Happily, on the weekend I discovered I was wrong.

My Irishman was keen to cook burnt carrot salad on the BBQ, again.

But I had a bunch of beets in the fridge that needed using up. And I like to try new things. So I managed to persuade him to try something different.

And we were both glad we did.

I believe there were even the words ‘better than potatoes’ spoken – pretty much the highest accolade in our house.

With the deep red beets, green leaves and white cheese it wouldn’t go astray on a festive table either.

charred beet salad
serves 2-4

1 bunch beets, trimmed & washed
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 handfuls rocket (arugula) leaves
100g (3oz) fresh goats cheese

1. Preheat your oven to 20C (400F). Wrap each beet in foil and bake for 45mins – 1hour or until beets are really soft.

2. Meanwhile fire up your BBQ or a frying pan.

3. When the beets are tender, remove from the foil and squash them so they are about half their original height.

4. Drizzle with oil and cook on a BBQ grill plate or in the frying pan for 4-5 minutes on each side until the beets are a little burned and charred in places.

5. Meanwhile, combine balsamic, soy and 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

6. Scatter leaves over a serving platter. Top with hot beets, drizzle with dressing and finish with little chunks of the cheese.

Jules x

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