Roasted and pickled beet salad with yogurt and savory granola
One vegetable two ways–a fun way to spice up the dinner game! This salad features both roasted beets and pickled beets which both play quite well together, nestled in between some spicy arugula on a bed of creamy Greek yogurt. And if you haven’t experienced savory granola yet, prepare to have your life changed!
arugula, beets, granola, salad, yogurt
2medium to large sized beets
1teaspoonwhite wine vinegar
Kosher salt and pepper
A couple big handfuls of arugula
⅓cupplain Greek yogurt
½cuppickled beets(homemade or store-bought)
½cupsavory granola(recipe follows)
Roast the beets:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beets in foil and roast in oven for 50-60 minutes (depending upon the size of your beets) or until fork tender. Let cool until you are able to peel and slice the beets. This step can be done 1-3 days ahead of time.
Make the dressing:
Mix olive oil, honey, and vinegar in a small bowl. Season to taste with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
To assemble salad:
In a small bowl, mix the yogurt with a pinch of kosher salt. Toss arugula with the dressing. Spread a spoonful of yogurt on each plate. Divide greens between each plate and top with the sliced roasted beets, some pickled beets, and a sprinkling of savory granola.
Preheat the oven to 325° and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the honey, water, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Add in the oats, pistachios and sunflower seeds and toss until thoroughly coated. Spread the mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the granola is light golden. Let the granola cool on the baking sheet.
I’ve never lived in a place before where I could get local peaches and plentiful pumpkins, at the same time. It’s the first week of October in Salt Lake City and I’m in love.
If you know me one ounce, you probably know that peaches are my favorite fruit and fall is my favorite season. The cooler temps and crispy leaves decorating the sidewalks are assuring me that fall will be here, sooner rather than later. But I’ll never stop loving on peaches, especially if I can enjoy their juicy perfection, right up (or even into!) fall.
This recipe is a throwback to a warmer sun and longer days. If you don’t have peaches still in season where you live, 1. I’m sorry and 2. please save this recipe for the next time they’ll be gracing your markets (even if that’s a long year away).
Sumac is a citrus-y, ground spice that brings a pleasantly tart hit to this shrimp bowl. All components of this meal come together while the millet cooks, which means you’re 20 minutes away from a delicious weeknight dinner!
millet, peaches, seafood, shrimp
2cupswater or stock
2medium peachespitted and finely chopped
1tablespoonchopped fresh cilantroplus extra for garnish (optional)
1tablespoonchopped fresh mintplus extra for garnish (optional)
1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
1small jalapeno finely chopped
1poundthawed frozen shrimppeeled and deveined
1teaspoonAleppo pepper(or crushed red pepper)
2tablespoonextra virgin olive oil
Add millet and water or stock to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
Make the salsa: Combine peaches, cilantro, mint, shallot, lemon juice and jalapeno in a bowl and mix together. Season to taste with kosher salt.
In the base of a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic powder, ground sumac, Aleppo pepper, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and olive oil. Add shrimp to bowl and toss with the olive oil-spice mixture. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, in a single layer. Cook, turning the shrimp once, until they just begin to turn pink and opaque, about 5 minutes.
Assemble dish by spooning some millet onto each plate or bowl. Top with shrimp, salsa and any juices with the salsa. Sprinkle with feta. Garnish with a bit of cilantro or mint, if desired.
Every week new fermented food items seem to bubble up in grocery store aisles. But fermentation is nothing new; this process of preserving the shelf-life of fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and more has existed since ancient times and in cultures around the world. Recent media attention and grocery store real estate dedicated to fermented foods exists for good reason. There is a growing body of evidence that supports incorporating more fermented foods into one’s diet and may lead to improved digestion, a stronger immune system, and enhanced nutritional status.
Five ways to incorporate fermented foods into your diet:
Kefir: Kefir is best described as a drinkable yogurt, this fermented milk beverage is delightfully tangy and can come plain or in a variety of flavors. Similar to other dairy products, kefir is high in calcium, vitamin D, and protein. It also contains live and active cultures which come with a host of potential health benefits. Kefir can be added to smoothies, poured over cereal or granola, or used in salad dressings.
Sauerkraut: A simple combination of just cabbage and salt, sauerkraut is a traditional German food which is very easy to make at home. While historically consumed with rich meats, sauerkraut pairs well with lighter, plant-based dishes including atop salads, in soups, on toast, with roasted vegetables, or in your next grain bowl.
Miso: This fermented soybean paste is packed with rich umami flavor. A little can go a long way but miso will transform soups, marinades, salad dressings, and goes well with glazed vegetables such as turnips and eggplant. The most common miso varieties are white, yellow, and red; these will be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Kimchi: A not-so-distant relative of sauerkraut, kimchi is a Korean condiment made of spicy fermented cabbage. Look for it in the refrigerated section next to other Asian ingredients and give it a try it on your next avocado toast.
Tempeh: This vegetarian protein source is made from naturally fermented soybeans. The nutty flavor pairs nicely in savory dishes. The texture holds up well to being roasted or grilled but can also be easily crumbled into chili or made into “chicken” salad.
When buying fermented foods at the grocery store, look for them in the refrigerated section. Seek out products that are free of preservatives and unpasteurized which eliminates any friendly bacteria. And if you decide to make sauerkraut or kimchi at home, work in a sanitary environment and be sure to always practice proper food safety techniques.
Salt is a common ingredient and necessary in the process of fermenting many foods. Reading the labels, choosing low-sodium varieties when available, and watching portion sizes can help keep the salt in check. The American Heart Association recommends keeping sodium intake to under 1500 mg per day.
Ready to make the jump and begin experimenting with fermented foods? Start by gradually introducing these foods into your diet and have fun adding them to some of your favorite dishes.
Fattoush is a Lebanese salad made with crispy pita bread and spiced with sumac. It also usually includes vegetables (such as tomatoes and cucumbers) and herbs (typically mint and parsley). With this loose framework, fattoush can be taken in many different (delicious) directions. Please swap out ingredients based upon what you have on hand and what you prefer; make it your own!
⅓cupextra virgin olive oil
2clovesgarlicpeeled and minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2teaspoonspomegranate molassesdepending upon preferred tartness; I used 2
2 8-inch-diameter whole wheat pita breadshalved, toasted until golden brown, & broken into bite-size pieces
Ground sumac and cracked black pepperfor serving
To make the dressing, whisk together the first seven ingredients, in a small bowl or jar, until well combined.
Into a large bowl, place the tomatoes, plums, cucumber, and radishes. Give dressing another quick whisk and then pour it over vegetables and toss. Add romaine, parsley and mint. Toss gently. Add in the toasted pita pieces. Finish with a couple pinches of sumac and cracked black pepper. Give the salad a final gentle toss, just until the ingredients are combined.
Taste, adjust seasonings if needed, and serve immediately.
You will likely have leftover salad dressing. It's delicious on roasted vegetables, over grilled meat, or drizzled on a grain bowl.