Beautiful, Colourful Beets

I bought a stunning array of golden and stripy beetroots the other day and really wanted a way to make that natural beauty shine. I  thought cooking might dull their colours, so after some online research realised that you can eat raw beetroot in salad (I think I knew this anyway!). It has to be cut wafer thin, or perhaps grated, but the raw beetroot taste was quite a revelation – crunchy,  earthy but not overpoweringly so, and surprisingly fresh. I have no idea why we don’t all eat raw beetroot all the time.

This simple salad, best served as a side dish, is enhanced with bitter leaves, parsley and a mustardy horseradish dressing. A sort of fresh raw take on winter. Salads: love ’em summer or winter.

Beautiful Beets (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 2 beetroots (preferably a pretty version), peeled and sliced very thinly.
  • 1 large handful of bitter salad leaves
  • a small bunch of parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp grated horseradish
  • salt and pepper, to taste

– whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, horseradish and seasoning.

– Place the other ingredients on a place.

– Drizzle with the dressing.

– Can be made a few hours ahead.

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