Beetroot salad

Beetroot salad

Insalata di barbabietola

Sharing Puglia
Alicia Taylor

Beetroot has a wonderful earthy flavour that marries well with the tartness of orange and the crunch of red onion. Make this salad for a picnic or barbecue on a beautiful spring day. The added touch of creamy goat’s cheese completes this dish.


Quantity Ingredient
6 small to medium beetroot
100g pistachio nuts
1 orange
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
handful mint leaves, roughly shredded
1/2 pomegranate, seeds only
1 witlof, leaves left whole
100g goat’s cheese, crumbled
1/4 bunch flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


Quantity Ingredient
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
80ml extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 orange, juiced


  1. Wash the beetroot and boil them for 30 minutes until fork-tender. Drain and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice the beetroot into the desired thickness.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Spread the pistachio nuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8–10 minutes, shaking the tray a few times. Allow to cool completely before using, then chop them roughly.
  4. Peel and carefully segment the orange over a bowl, catching any juice and squeeze the remaining pulp into a bowl to use for the dressing.
  5. Put the onion in a small bowl with a pinch of salt and the white wine vinegar to steep for 30 minutes. Drain well and add to the segmented oranges, along with the beetroot, mint, pomegranate seeds and witlof leaves. Toss the salad gently.
  6. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl or a jar with a lid. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and shake to combine.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with the chopped pistachio nuts, goat’s cheese and parsley. Drizzle with some extra-virgin olive oil and serve.
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