March 30, 2010

Golden Beet Salad (nature's candy) with lentils and feta



 I'm not really a salad girl, I've never been one!  I usually don't eat the salad served in resturants unless it's an amazing Caesar or one that has a lot going on OTHER then just greens.  Over the weekend we had a fantastic dinner at LeFarm in Westport!  One of the highlights was the beet salad!  It had more pink and red beets.  I took total inspiration and made one for dinner last night.  Their dressing was a bit sweet for me, I like something to cut the sweetness of the beets so I did a lemon dressing.  I loved that they used lentils because it gave me more substance other than just greens... Check it out, I roasted my own beets which makes a big difference.  I also only used golden beets because I hate the mess of the red ones...
These were so pretty in the store, I can't wait to plant my own in just a few weeks!!

First I wrapped the beets in parchment paper and tied with a twine.  I don't like to use foil because I think it gives food a metallic flavor.  I let them sit in a 425 oven for about an hour and 10 minutes.  I unwrapped them and let them cool a bit and peeled the skin right off.  Then I just put them in a bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper and let them sit over night.
Dressing:
Juice of one lemon and half an orange (cuts the lemon)
2 shallots finely chopped 
tablespoon mustard
salt and pepper
olive oil
Combine everything except olive oil, then while wisking add olive oil until creamy about 1/2c olive oil will do.

Lentils
I cooked my lentils with chicken broth, 2 bay leaves, salt, pepper and a dash of olive oil - they tasted GREAT and they are a good source of iron... These could have been enough of a meal on their own!

Then I just tossed the salad lightly with the dressing and added everything else including feta.

Chris said it was one of his favorite meals ever... I never know what he's going to like!



6 comments:

  1. what a great way to cook beets!!! I have roasted them for years, I will have to try this method, the salad sound wonderful!!

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