This simple roasted beetroot salad with fennel and Feta cheese is a perfect healthy main course or side dish. Easy to make with just a few steps it's beautiful served on a platter for a crowd or in a bowl for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Bring out an oven tray. Place your beetroot cubes and fennel slices on top.
Crush the garlic cloves slightly with the side of a knife, but keep them in as much of one piece as possible. Add them on top of the beetroot cubes and fennel slices. Follow with dried thyme, black pepper, salt and olive oil. Mix well and spread out evenly. Roast in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes, mixing once halfway.
While the beets and fennel are roasting, roast your pinenuts. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add in the pine nuts. Roast for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside for now.
After 40 minutes, take out the beets and feenel from the oven. Crumble the Feta cheese on top and mix, allowing the heat from the beets to melt the cheese slightly.
To serve, place a handful of leafy greens in a bowl. Follow with roasted beets and feneel mixed with Feta cheese and top with pine nuts. Serve!
Nutritional content assumes half of the olive oil is consumed.One batch of this recipe makes 2 main course salads. If serving as a side dish it will be enough for 4-6 people.
Use gloves when peeling and cutting your beets to avoid having pink fingers for a few days.
Use your hands - with gloves, if you like - to mix the beets, fennel, olive oil and seasonings, and massage the veggies a bit to really get the seasoning in there.
Add the Feta cheese while the beets and fennel are still warm, to allow it to melt slightly.
Frequently asked questions
Can I make beetroot salad ahead of time?
Yes, this beet salad is perfect to make ahead of time. You can either serve it cold, or heat up the beets, fennel & Feta cheese slightly before serving.
What can I use instead of Feta cheese?
Instead of Feta cheese you can use white salad cheese ("fake Feta cheese") or a goat cheese like chèvre.