From Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live well as found on the relish.com website. This made for a delicious main dish meal last night. If you don't have the beet greens, go ahead and substitute other greens: heirloom lettuce, arugula, watercress, m^ache, red loose leaf, etc.
- 2 medium red beets, with greens
- 2 medium golden beets, with greens
- 1 small red onion, peeled
- 2 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar (I replaced with marionberry vinegar)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (*NOT* dried mint)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- fresh cracked black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Preparing the beets: Cut off the greens and set aside.
- Place the beets in an ovenproof dish and add enough water to cover the bottom.
- Cover with foil and bake 1 hour or until they pierce easily with a knife.
- Remove beets from the oven and allow to cool.
- Peel and discard the skins (depending on how young the beets are I sometimes skip the peeling part). Cut them into wedges or slices. *Remember*: Keep the red beets separate from the golden beets to avoid the red beets bleeding.
- Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of sherry vinegar on the red beets and the other one half teaspoon on the golden beets. Toss to coat and set aside.
- (Read *Note below before starting this step.) Assembling the salad: Wash well and coarsely chop the beet greens. Place in a colander.
- Slice the red onions into thin rounds and place on top of the greens.
- Boil 1 cup of water then pour over the beets and onions. Drain well and pat dry.
- Transfer to a bowl and stir in the mint and beets.
- Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sherry vinegar and the olive oil.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper; toss.
- Garnish with the pistachios.
- *Note: the photo that accompanied this recipe on the relish.com site shows the vegetables all arranged on a platter in their own little mounds and the ingredients were not tossed together. I chose to serve the salad with each ingredient placed in mounds for a more beautiful presentation. The nuts were of course scattered on top of the salad.