Candied beet salad

Candied Beetroot Salad

Serves 4

  • 750 g golden or candy cane beetroot, or a mix of both

  • 50 g mixed seeds

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 knobs of unsalted butter

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 150 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 handfuls of salad leaves

  • Buttermilk dressing

  • 75 ml buttermilk

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/2 bunch of mixed soft herbs, such as chervil, tarragon and mint, leaves picked and chopped

Recipe by Georgina Hayden



If you can't get the striped candied beets, the sweet golden varieties are a good alternative.




1. Give your beetroots a good clean, then place them in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 1 hour, until they are soft. Drain and set aside to cool. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and cut roughly into 3cm wedges.



2. While the beetroots are cooking, toss the seeds in a little olive oil with the paprika and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then toast them in a dry frying pan until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.



3. Make the dressing by whisking the buttermilk in a jug with the juice of half the lemon and a good glug of olive oil. Season well. Stir in the chopped herbs and leave to one side.



4. Melt the butter in the frying pan you toasted the seeds in, and finely grate in the zest of the orange. Add a squeeze of orange juice, the cinnamon and sugar and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and leave to bubble away for around 10 minutes until caramelised and sticky. Remove from the heat and toss through the cooked beets. Leave them to cool slightly in the pan, then spread out onto a platter.



5. Serve, after tossing the salad leaves with the buttermilk dressing, scattering over the beets and finishing with the toasted seeds.

Nutritional Information

Candied beet salad

With buttermilk dressing

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An incredible salad – the striped candy cane beets are perfect with the savoury toasted seeds
Serves 4
1h 30m
Super easy
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Recipe by Georgina Hayden

If you can't get the striped candied beets, the sweet golden varieties are a good alternative.


1. Give your beetroots a good clean, then place them in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 1 hour, until they are soft. Drain and set aside to cool. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and cut roughly into 3cm wedges.

2. While the beetroots are cooking, toss the seeds in a little olive oil with the paprika and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then toast them in a dry frying pan until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.

3. Make the dressing by whisking the buttermilk in a jug with the juice of half the lemon and a good glug of olive oil. Season well. Stir in the chopped herbs and leave to one side.

4. Melt the butter in the frying pan you toasted the seeds in, and finely grate in the zest of the orange. Add a squeeze of orange juice, the cinnamon and sugar and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and leave to bubble away for around 10 minutes until caramelised and sticky. Remove from the heat and toss through the cooked beets. Leave them to cool slightly in the pan, then spread out onto a platter.

5. Serve, after tossing the salad leaves with the buttermilk dressing, scattering over the beets and finishing with the toasted seeds.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 465
    23%
  • Carbs 56.1g
    22%
  • Sugar 52.7g 59%
  • Fat 21.4g 31%
  • Saturates 6.9g 35%
  • Protein 8.1g 18%
Of an adult's reference intake

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When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

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Marine Stewardship Council
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  • 750 g golden or candy cane beetroot, or a mix of both

  • 50 g mixed seeds

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 knobs of unsalted butter

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 150 g golden caster sugar

  • 2 handfuls of salad leaves

  • Buttermilk dressing

  • 75 ml buttermilk

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/2 bunch of mixed soft herbs, such as chervil, tarragon and mint, leaves picked and chopped