Warm Beetroot Salad

© Hannah Hall This warm beetroot salad is utterly delicious, topped with spring onions and feta cheese, and a beautiful orange dressing. The perfect side dish to your main.

This warm beetroot salad is utterly delicious. Topped with spring onions and feta cheese, it’s actually the orange dressing that makes this beetroot salad a winner. By adding the orange dressing to the beetroot while it’s still warm, the beets soak up all that citrusy goodness.

Need some more help cooking those beets? No fear, here’s all you need to know on how to roast beetroot.

Want to make this vegan? Swap the feta out for a Vegan Greek cheese alternative.

Yields: 6-8

Prep Time: 20 mins

Process Time: 1 hour 25 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 400 g

    raw beetroot

  • 50 mL

    olive oil (plus another 6tbsp olive oil)

  • 2

    sprigs thyme

  • 3

    garlic cloves, crushed (you don’t need to peel them)

  • 1 tsp.

    salt

  • 1/2 tsp.

    chilli flakes

  • 2 tbsp.

    sherry vinegar

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 orange

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 100 g

    feta cheese

  • 4

    spring onions, finely sliced

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC (180ºC Fan). If the beetroot still had the leaves attached, trim them down to 1 inch above the beetroot itself. Then give the beetroot a light wash and dry.
  2. Take 2 x 40cm pieces of kitchen foil and overlap them slightly. Lay the beetroot in the middle of the foil. Drizzle the olive oil over the beetroot, then add the thyme, garlic and salt.
  3. Form the beetroot into a tight parcel to allow to steam and place the foil parcel on a baking tray in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour – 1 hour 10minutes. Check the beetroot after the cooking time by inserting a small knife through the beetroot. It should push through with no resistance. Once the beetroot has cooked, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  4. To peel the beetroot, use a pair of gloves. Rub the still warm beetroot and this should remove the skin, then top and tail and dice into approx. 2 1/2cm pieces.
  5. Place the chopped beetroot in a bowl along with chilli flakes, sherry vinegar, olive oil and orange juice and zest. Mix well to coat all the beetroot and check the seasoning. The still warm beetroot will soak up the dressing nicely.
  6. Finally sprinkle over the spring onion and feta and serve.
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