Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins
A Food & Wine recipe by Sam Mogannam.
- 2 lbs golden beets, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 10 medium beets)
- 8 blood oranges
- 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped mint
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1⁄8 teaspoon sumac, plus more for sprinkling (see Note)
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 3 ounces feta, crumbled (1/2 cup)
- Spread the beets in a large steamer basket and steam until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the beets to a bowl and let cool completely.
- Using a sharp knife, peel the oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Quarter the oranges lengthwise, then slice crosswise 1/3 inch thick. Add the oranges to the beets along with the parsley and mint.
- In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the vinegar, shallot, honey and 1/8 teaspoon of sumac. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Add the feta and toss again. Sprinkle the salad with sumac and serve.
- Note 1: The beets can be steamed one day in advance and refrigerated.
- Note 2: Sumac powder can be purchased at Middle Eastern markets or specialty-food stores.
What a fantastic salad! I couldn't find blood oranges or golden beets, so I used regular beets and oranges. The mint on the dressing is a must. I did not have honey but I used the syrup from awalde's Orange Peel Spoon Sweet - Glyko Portokalaki . Fantastic!. What I did have was sumac and I was very happy to use it for the first time.
This is a delicious refreshing salad who can be combined to simple carbs dishes as well to elaborated menues.
All my family loved this very much and we are glad we found it!
In a pot I had still a lot of "orange mint" (Mentha piperita citrata) who was really perfect for this dish. Next year, when I will have my normal cooking mint again (in Greek called Diosmos)I will certainly try this recipe with it.
Thanks a lot for dish wonderful dish! Your recipes are really top!