I am happily in the beet lovers camp. They are a gorgeous color, easy to cook, and have a wonderful, sweet, earthy taste. What's not to love? The earthiness of the beets with the juciness of the cucumbers and tang of the feta make for a tasty summer salad. —[email protected]
for the salad
medium beets, preferably an assortment of colors, scrubbed
seedless cucumbers, washed
for the vinaigrette
white wine vinegar
freshly ground pepper
chopped fresh dill
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wrap beets in foil and roast them on a cookie sheet until they are tender when pierced with a fork. The cooking time will vary according to the size of the beets, but will likely take between 20 and 45 minutes.
While the beets are cooking, make the dressing. Whisk together the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking continuously, so that it emulsifies. Add the dill, and whisk again.
When the beets are finished cooking, remove them from the oven and let them cool. When they are cool enough to handle, remove the foil and slip off their skins. Slice the beets across into rounds (latitudinally) and then cut the rounds into quarters (the result will be pie-shaped pieces). Slice the cucumber the same way, first into rounds and then into quarters.
In a medium-sized bowl, toss the cucumbers with half of the dressing. Add the beets and toss briefly. Break the feta into chunks and stir them gently into the cucumbers and beets. Taste. Add more dressing and adjust the seasoning to your liking.