Beetroot is available from July through to January, which means that this colourful salad can be enjoyed as a side with your barbecue spread, or as a light-lunch post Christmas.

Please feel free to use either whole raw beetroot, or the vacuum packed ones from a Supermarket – I love both and it just depends on which we have bought that week.

With this recipe, I was using up leftovers so had some raw beetroot left over from a dish that I needed to roast some for, which is why I didn’t go for the pre-packaged.
If you have the same, simply wash and boil whole for about 35 mins, until soft. It is essential not to cut the beetroot as all the colour will leak out into the water whilst it is boiling!
Once cooked, remove from the water and leave to cook whilst you prepare the rest.

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 4 Beetroot
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Bag of rocket
  • 1/2 Bag of spinach
  • Black olives, halved and to taste

For the vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbls Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbls Olive oil
  • A couple of splashes of lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Wholegrain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed, chopped & thrown in
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Salt & pepper (to taste!)

These ingredients and their amounts may look vague, but this is a very basic (but delicious) beetroot salad for two.

The only things we suggest doing are finely slicing your beetroot & red onion – we like to use a mandolin so it is more similar to beetroot carpaccio, but a knife will do just fine.

After that, the rest is up to you. There is really no set way to teach someone how to make a salad; It’s all about tasting the dressing as you go along and sprinkling in what you feel like eating and what you have in your fridge.
What we can advise however, is to premix the salad before serving! We always make any salad in a large mixing bowl, toss in all the ingredients (however much of each we fancy), drizzle over the dressing, then give it a toss around the bowl. This way everything is evenly coated, which makes the leaves wilt naturally, and it has a natural look when it falls onto each plate.



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