Saturday, August 2, 2008

Grated Beet Salad with Blue Cheese

Beets from our CSA and this recipe.

  • 8 small beets
  • beet greens
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • olive oil
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Scrub the beets and separate them from their tops. Line a heavy baking pan with foil and put the beets inside then drizzle with olive oil. Roast for about 60 minutes or until barely tender when pierced with a fork. Let cool, then rub off the skins with a paper towel. Grate the beets with a coarse box grater and set aside.
  2. Boil the fresh orange juice with the vinegar and sugar until reduced by half. Set aside to cool.
  3. Wash the beet greens thoroughly to remove all sand and grit, then slice into fine ribbons. Heat a little olive oil in a heavy frying pan and cook the garlic over medium until golden and soft. Add the beet greens and saute until tender. Let cool slightly.
  4. Toss the grated beets, greens, cooled orange juice dressing, scallions and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes:
"If a salad can be called rich, this is a rich salad. Beets have a sweet, dark earthiness, especially when roasted, that gets paired here with their own spicy green tops, shredded and cooked with garlic. We crumbled in a little Gorgonzola for savor, too, giving this salad a heft and a richness that we really enjoyed.

The thing that pushed this salad over the top for us, though, was using fresh orange juice for the dressing. We simmered it with vinegar into a concentration of sweet orange that spiked up the dark beet flavors beautifully."

My Notes:
This is so good. It tastes much better than it photographs :)
It was nice to get rid of 2 bunches of beets in one recipe. I have a lot more room in my fridge now! This is my favorite beet recipe so far. It would be a good side dish for a holiday event-- it's so beautiful!

Tim's Rating: 8/10
Liz's Rating: 8.5/10


Joelen said...

Wow - the colors of the salad is so striking! Blue cheese & beet salad is such a great combo!

Scott Olson said...

Have you tried roasting the beets yet? Roasted beets taste like a completely different vegetable... and they are my favorite! I usually cut the tops and bottoms off the beets (leave the skin on), put them on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, then roast at 450 until they are fork tender like a potato. Take them out, peel the skin off with a knife (it comes off easy) and then slice them. You can do a lot with them, but I like to put them on the bottom of a plate and top with a leafy green salad. said...

No doubt, the writer is completely right.