Baby beets in a herbed dressing

Baby beets in a herbed dressing

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Turquoise
Serves
4
Photographer
Lisa Cohen and William Meppem

Dress the beets in this wonderful sharp, herby dressing while warm from the oven and serve at room temperature. They are equally good as a vegetable accompaniment to roasts, barbecues or grills or as part of a mezze selection.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 bunches baby beetroot
4 garlic cloves, roughly smashed
sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
100g fetta, roughly crumbled

Herbed dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 lemon, juiced
30ml olive oil
30ml walnut oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
baby soft herb leaves, to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Wash the beetroot thoroughly to remove any grit, paying special attention to the area close to the stalks. Trim the roots and cut off the stalks, leaving about 3 cm attached. Place in a baking tray and scatter in the garlic cloves. Season lightly with salt, then add the oil and toss thoroughly. Cover the tray loosely with foil and roast for 30–45 minutes, until the beets are tender.
  2. While the beets are cooking, start making the dressing. Crush the garlic with the salt, then whisk this with the lemon juice and oils.
  3. Remove the tray from the oven and discard the garlic. When the beetroot are just cool enough to handle, peel them and cut them in half lengthwise. Place in a large bowl with the shallots and season with salt and pepper. Add the herbs to the dressing, whisk, and pour onto the beets. Check the seasoning, then add the crumbled fetta and toss gently. Garnish with baby herb leaves, if using. Serve warm or cold.
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