I found this awesome recipe for a beetroot feta salad from Shutterbean’s Tracy Benjamin (her recipe) but made a few modifications. Notably, I’ve changed the goat’s cheese in her recipe to feta, making this recipe suitable for those who are pregnant or have a weak immune system. (Note, some goat’s cheese is ok to consume but this involves checking the type of goat’s cheese and it’s easier to just buy feta as I know it’s pasteurised in the UK). I’ve also swapped chives for spring onion as the former can be hard to find.
This salad is really fresh tasting with the crispness of the little gem lettuce, the sweetness from the beetroot and the saltiness from the feta. If beetroot is not your thing, I have substituted this recipe with sticks of carrot. Please feel free to try both our recipes!
This recipe is also inspired by the veggies I get from the Vegbox People.
Beetroot and feta salad
- 300 g cooked beetroot or 1 bunch raw
- 1 spring onion
- 2 heads of little gem lettuce or other salad leaves
- 1/3 cup walnut pieces
- 50 g feta
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 3 tsp red wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- If using raw beetroot, put the beets in a pan and cover with warm water, then bring to the boil, reduce then simmer for 30 minutes. Once cooled enough to touch, top and tail the beets and then rub the skin off the beets or use a peeler.
- Cut the beetroot into 4 - 6 wedges depending on the size of the beets. (You can leave these as is or optionally roast them in 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp honey to add a crispness to the exterior of the beets. If roasting, cook at 200˚C for 25 minutes, then cool).
- Bake the walnuts at 175˚C for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they burn quickly if you don't! Remove and allow to cool.
- Make the dressing by combining the dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Add the beetroot to the dressing and mix well.
- Remove the leaves from the little gem and tear into bite sized pieces. Arrange on your bowls.
- Add the beetroot on top of the leaves.
- Chop the feta into cubes and slice the spring onion thinly. Sprinkle these on top of the salad along with the walnuts.
- Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Feel free to add more dijon mustard or red wine vinegar according to your taste.
Add some honey for more sweetness. Adapted from Shutterbean