There’s little better way to celebrate the bounty of early summer or to nourish your body than with a bright and beautiful salad. Enter the Strawberry and Pickled Beet Salad….
As covered in my post 5 Skin Benefits of Eating Salad there’s a host of happy results when you fit some fresh fruits and veggies on your plate en masse at least once a day. Read up and then come on back to make this sweet and unexpected dish.
Since we’ve already covered the health benefits of salad and beets in particular in other posts we’ll get right to the recipe. All the fresh ingredients used are in season in summer meaning you can eat totally locavore for this dish. My spring beets were ready to pick in June, as were the berries and the last of the lettuce.
Strawberry and Pickled Beet Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
½ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup olive oil
3 TBSP raspberry balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP real maple syrup
1/16 tsp cloves
1/16 tsp allspice
pinch of salt
1 TBSP minced shallot
Puree raspberries in blender or food processor. Blend in remaining ingredients except for shallot. Stir minced shallot in by hand. Stir dressing before adding to salad.
I served this original salad at the 6/21 Dinner in the Garden held in the Blissoma Community Garden and hosted by myself and Jessica Leitch of City in a Jar. The event was inspired by Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant who has been exciting me with her For Reals Meals series that features collaborations with creative professionals in Chicago, slow food recipes, and general awesomeness. I’ll be posting more of the recipes created just for our Dinner in the Garden/St. Louis For Reals Meals event soon and you can catch the full photo story on both City in a Jar and From the Bathtub.