Thursday, August 28, 2014

Warm Beet Salad with Green Beans & Bacon

Tender beets are topped with warm green beans, bacon and a wonderful warm vinaigrette.

Tender beets are topped with warm green beans, bacon and a delightful warm vinaigrette.

This summer has been pretty hectic. On the days we have been home, I've been recipe testing and taking photographs, which have been stockpiled on an USB stick. I made this beet salad back at the beginning of July, before our camping trip. I had been watching a cooking show hosted by a French Canadian Chef Ricardo LarrivĂ©e, which was focusing on beets. Now, I've pretty much only eaten beets, pickled and it wasn't until a few years ago that I tried oven roast beets. The flavour of cooked beets themselves isn't something I'm too fond of, but add some sort of sweet and sour dressing and I'm all over it. So, when I saw Ricardo making this fantastic beet salad, that also contained green beans and bacon, I wanted to make it ASAP.

I found some gorgeous orange/yellow beets at the farmers market, along with purple beets and green beans. I took advantage of the kids being at my parents camp, to make this salad for myself. Knowing the kids and possibly Hubby wouldn't be too excited about a beet salad, I was happy to have this salad all to myself. It was a fantastic salad. So beautiful and full of wonderful flavour. The green beans were still tender crisp, while the dressing and salty bacon tamed down the earthiness of the beets. Since this was a warm salad, leftovers were perfect. A quick trip in the microwave and lunch was ready. This is a great way to use up these wonderful summer veggies.

Tender beets are topped with warm green beans, bacon and a delightful warm vinaigrette.

Warm Beet Salad with Green Beans & Bacon

1 bunch of yellow/orange beets (about 6 beets)
1 bunch purple beets (about 6)
1/2 lb fresh green beans
6 slices of bacon
2 Tbs fig balsamic vinegar (or regular)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp brown sugar
salt and pepper

Bring two pots of water to a boil. Add in beets and boil until tender; about one hour. Once tender, drain beets and place in a bowl of cold ice water, for 5 minutes. Once beets are cool enough to handle, peel them, by gently pressing on the skins. Remove skin from all beets and cut each beet in half. Cut each half into 3 wedges and set aside.

While beets are cooking, fry the bacon in a large skillet, until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and add green beans, sauteing until tender crisp; about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Pour into the skillet and toss to coat green beans.

Arrange sliced beets onto a platter and carefully top with the green beans. Pour dressing from the skillet over beets and beans, and top with crumbled bacon. Serve warm.

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Patty Anderson said...

I have never tried beets in my adult life. Only had canned as a kid and yucko. But this salad tempts me to try it.

Meal Plannin Maven said...

What a beautiful salad and a fantastic way to showcase beets! I love the all the beautiful colors and textures!

OneTIPsy Chick said...

I LOVE anything with beets, especially golden!! I hope you will share this at The Wednesday Roundup! You can find it at onetipsychick.com.

Melynda Brown said...

I can't wait to make this salad!

KC the Kitchen Chopper said...

My favorites. Green beans and beets and a yummy dressing to pull it all together. Love this recipe! Pinned. I hope you'll bring it to #theWeekendSocial. We're live now! theKitchenChopper.com

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! Great salad and everything tastes better with bacon, eh?
Cheers! Joanne

Dana said...

I love beets. I keep trying to grow them in my garden and failing miserably. Your salad sounds great.

Laureen Fox said...

What a beautiful Salad! Pinning this one :-)

Angela M said...

This looks delicious and unique. I've never thought to use bacon wirh beets ore green beans but it looks yummy.

Michelle Peters - Jones said...

I definitely have beets and beans in abundace. Great idea :)

Raj @ www.ThePrimalDesire.com said...

With a couple Paleo-friendly tweeks, this would be right up my alley! Looks great!

Teresa said...

I love Ricardo - his food is elegant and earthy at the same time. I also love the colours in your salad. It's so nice we have so many heritage vegetables back on the market these days.

Kimberly Lewis said...

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Swathi Iyer said...

warm beet salad looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning

Miz Helen said...

This is a wonderful salad! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party!
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Miz Helen