This Spring I struggled to get some seeds to germinate including beetroot. I got there in the end and have plenty of small beetroots now happily growing in the veg patch but it will be a while before they are large enough to harvest. I did sow some early in the polytunnel and these are large enough pull now but there are just not many of them. (Note to self - sow more beetroot in the polytunnel next Spring!).
So what could I do with a few beetroots on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far? Not enough for beetroot relish (my favourite) or pickled beetroot and it was too hot for beetroot soup (Simon's favourite) or roasted beetroot. In fact I really did not want to cook at all. No - we needed a salad. Then I remembered a recipe I had seen in a gardening magazine years ago for grated beetroot salad. A quick check in my recipe folder showed I had all the ingredients so grated beetroot salad it was.
2 raw beetroot, peeled and grated
1 eating apple, peeled and grated
4oz/100g sultanas or raisins
1tbsp/15ml fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsp/30ml sunflower oil
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Mix together all the ingredients, stirring well.
It really is that simple!
This salad can also be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. In fact we think it improves with keeping.
|Grated beetroot salad|
Do you have a favourite beetroot recipe? Please do share because if my late sown beetroots come good we are going to have A LOT of beetroot to eat! Linking with Tasty Tuesday, What's The Story, ExtraVeg and #FoodieTuesday