It seems ages since I posted a recipe (probably because it is ages since I posted a recipe). It’s the time it takes -to make it, and photograph it. It also takes concentration, I have to write down how much I’m adding of what, record it nicely and then type it all up in a nice format. Basically it’s a bit of work. But I love this salad so much it’s worth it, and the recipe is very forgiving so if my quantities are a bit out it wont affect the end result too much.
This salad is pretty much a tribute to my laziness. I often have beetroot, my father grows it and it always looks pretty at the Farmer’s Market so I often buy it. I also grow it regularly, nestling in between other bigger, slower growing crops. But I never seem to be organised enough to bother to cook it. So in this salad I don’t, I use it raw and I think it tastes all the better for it – not to mention adding a lovely texture to the salad.
Beetroot & Carrot salad
- 1 large carrot
- 1 medium sized beetroot
- 1 small bunch mint
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 red onion (or substitute a couple of spring onions)
- 1 cup grains (I have made this with everything from Farro to Quinoa and lentils but my favourite is Black Rice)
- juice of a lemon
- 1 to 3 tblspns olive oil (less/more to taste)
- Topping – You could add feta, any types of seeds or nuts would work, any thing to add a little more texture and protein.
Cook which ever grain you are using via your prefer method. Cool. Peel and grate the carrot & beetroot. Finely chop the mint, parsley, and red onion. Mix together.
Make the dressing by mixing the lemon juice, 2 tblspn of oil, and salt. Taste and adjust by adding more juice, oil, salt or ever a little sugar depending on the acidity of the lemons.
Dress the salad and add the toppings and the salad is ready to eat.