Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baby Beet and Feta Salad

Baby BEET.

Not baby FEET, as someone thought I wrote on my meal plan post. Although they are tasty!

Not BEEF, as people thought I wrote on Twitter, and immediately had several heart attacks apiece.

Beet. Beetroot. Baby ones. Delicious little balls of sweet, vinegary goodness.

I hated beetroot for years, or at least thought I did. I thought it tasted like dirt. I ate it again once a while ago and was all "oh my god, what the hell was I thinking, this is amazing!". What an idiot.

Recently I was reading James' Bleubird Vintage blog (I die, I die, I DIE, that blog is a masterpiece of gorgeousness), and she was talking about being obsessed with pickled beets. And I immediately wanted to eat a whole jar.

Then Miss Magnetoboldtoo posted a picture on Instagram of a salad roll she was having for dinner that had enough beetroot on it to ground a small aircraft. I went to the store and bought the biggest can of baby beets I could find.

Then I chopped them in quarters, eating more than I care to admit, threw them on some mixed lettuce with chickpeas and feta, drizzled the lot in red wine vinegar and olive oil, and sprinkled with salt and freshly-ground black pepper.

Then ran outside in the afternoon light and crawled around on the ground trying to get a picture of how gorgeous the beets were before they bled into the feta and it looked like a beetroot bloodbath. How I restrained myself from eating the whole thing before dinner, I'll never know. Perhaps it was the second can I bought to snack on. That's normal, right?


  1. Wow, you are on a gastronomic journey lately... tofu, brown rice, now beetroot. Nice work! Fantastic photo too, was definitely worth the belly sliding.

  2. Haha I need to combine them somehow...

    And thanks!

  3. I'm obsessed with beetroot and have been having it juiced lately with orange, apple, pineapple, cucumber and carrot. Sooooo good.
    But I do admit to liking it better from a can than fresh

  4. Oh my gosh, yes, I was going to mention that. I had a beetroot salad once, and it was roasted and I was all like "WHERE IS THE VINEGARY GOODNESS?" Soooo disappointing!

  5. OMG Feta and Beetroot are meant to be together.

    Just like a salad roll with plastic crap cheese and enough beetroot to ground a small aircraft.

  6. No shit, after that photo I bought plastic cheese too!