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Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

I can’t get enough of the earthy-sweetness of Beets! Especially in summer when they are just pulled from the ground in a myriad of colors. 

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette
Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette
A Simple Beet Salad Showing Off Their Natural Glorious Colors.
Four different colored beets are sliced with a pungent vinaigrette and pickled onions.
Four varieties of beets the Quattro Colore Beet Salad
Four varieties of beets the Quattro Colore Beet Salad – Chioggia, Golden, Red & White beets

For the Quattro Colore Beet Salad – I steam the beets all at once in a steamer basket. The colors will not bleed like they would if you boiled them – covered in water.
I do recommend steaming beets until just cooked through and easy to slip off their peels to maximize their nutrition and flavor. Their concentration of phytonutrients, such as betalains, is diminished by more heat.
(Although I really love the flavor of roasted beets too – they are intensely sweet and cook for a longer time.)

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette
Four different colors of steamed beets with pickled onions and shallot-thyme vinaigrette
Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

A Simple Beet Salad Showing Off Their Natural Glorious Colors.
Four different colored beets are sliced with a pungent vinaigrette and pickled onions.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • 1 large red ruby beet
  • 1 large golden beet
  • 1 large white beet
  • 2 medium chioggia beets (candy cane striped)
  • 1/2 cup Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette (see recipe)

Instructions

  • Make the Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette (see recipe)
  • Set a steamer basket in a large 3 quart pot. Add water just to the bottom of the basket.
    Trim off beet leaves (save for a sauté) scrub them, and add to the steamer basket.
    Cover, bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • Cook until beets are tender and just cooked through - the Chioggia beets will be cooked first - remove them to the sink. 20 minutes for the Chioggia; 40 - 50 minutes for the others (will greatly depend on their size.)
    Cook the rest of the large beets until tender - prick with a skewer to determine doneness.
    Add all to the kitchen sink.
  • Peel all of the beets when cool enough to handle. When cooked, the skins will slip off, pushing with your fingers.
    Slice the beets thinly. Beware the red ones stain the other colors - HINT: slice these on a seperate cutting board!
  • Arrange the beets decoratively on individual plates by color, or on a large decorative platter.
    Drizzle a good amount of Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette all over while still a little warm (will grab the flavors.) Serve with Pickled Onions on top (see recipe below.)
    Top with edible flowers. Goat Cheese and Feta Cheese pairs well too with the salad - cut into chunks and add to the top with extra thyme leaves.

Notes

See recipe: Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette 
Quick Pickled Onions: Slice to a 1/2 cup - large  (jumbo) scallion bulb into rings or white onions 1/8" thick. Add to a bowl. Add a few slices of cooked red beets, 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar - a few pinches of sea salt & pure cane sugar. Stir and let the beets stain the onions. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Remove beets, and brine and use onions. Can refrigerate for longer storage. 
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: First Course & Sides, Salad
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: beet salad, quattro colore beet salad
Nutrition Facts
Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette
Amount per Serving
Calories
158
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
117
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
488
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
49
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
24
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

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