Here’s to beets making a comeback…they are so easy to grow and very nutritious. In this recipe the beets are crisp because they are raw, and flavorful from the marination.
Marinated thinly-sliced beets–made with the slicing side of a grater–are a colorful addition to a green salad. Endive instead of spinach is just as good in this recipe. Garnish with mild soft goat cheese for contrast. The beets don’t need to be cooked; they are marinated in balsamic vinegar and herbs for at least a day and can be kept in the refrigerator for several days. Once the salad is made, strain some of the marinade and use with olive oil for dressing.
2 medium-sized peeled red beets, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. fresh chopped chives, or 1 tsp. dried
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 tsp. dried
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 cups of baby spinach leaves or young endive leaves, washed well and drained
1/2 cup chevre or other mild, soft cheese, broken in pieces
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place the beet slices in a quart-sized glass bowl that has a lid. Add the herbs, garlic, salt, pepper and mix well. Stir in the honey. Compress the beets into the bottom of the bowl with a spoon. Pour enough balsamic vinegar into the bowl to just cover the beets. Cover with the lid. Refrigerate at least 8 hours. Stir the beets up a few times if possible during the marination.
Place spinach or endive leaves in a mixing bowl. Add equal parts olive oil and marinade liquid (1/3 cup of each) and toss well. Place in individual bowls. Garnish with plenty of beets and cheese.