Chunky Beets & Icy Red Onions ~ French Fridays with Dorie

by kitchenarian on July 1, 2011

One of my favorite vegetables is beets.  Even as a child, I would eat them right off my plate.  Maybe it is because my mom served them warm with butter.  (You know I have a strong affection for butter.)  I do prefer my beets warm or room temperature as opposed to cold, but, honestly, I will eat them any way they are served.

This week’s assignment for French Fridays with Dorie was beets and red onions chilled and served with fresh herbs and a slightly sweet and tangy dressing.  As I was reading the recipe in the cookbook, I saw the word goat cheese in the corner of the page where Dorie leaves a note or offers a serving suggestion and I could not get it off my mind,  so much so that when I went to the grocery store I forgot almost all the ingredients with the exception of the beets and the goat cheese.  I forgot the red onion!  So I substituted a summer vidalia onion; no worries.

In preparing the beets, I referred to a post I had written last summer on roasting beets.  I saw that I had written the post exactly one year ago to the day.  There must be something about July 1st and beets!  Here is the link on roasted beets if you would like to refer to it.  I am sure you have noticed that my beets are not chunky and I don’t have red onions.  Let’s just say I took a lot of liberties this week with the recipe. It is summertime after all; I’m a bit more relaxed about the rules.

The dressing is a slight variation of one of my favorites that I make with mustard, honey, olive oil and vinegar.  Dorie’s recipe called for sherry vinegar, whereas I normally use balsamic. It was delicious.  I did serve this on the side of the salad in a small bowl instead of pouring it over the salad.  The herbed goat cheese mixed with the beets, onions and slightly sweet dressing made the perfect summer salad.

Visit the French Fridays with Dorie website and see how other members prepared their recipe this week.  You can join the FFWD group; it is fun to cook together and compare notes with other members every week.





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yummychunklet July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I like your variations and the colors in your salad. Very bold!


Dessert By Candy July 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Vidalia sounds like a good alternative with its milder taste. Yay for another beet lover!


Adriana July 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

The Vidalia onions did turn a little red from hanging out with those luscious beets! Your ‘salad’ plate is so cool.

Reply July 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I wish I had added in some goat cheese….that sounds so good!! Beautiful salad!


Liz July 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I served my exactly the same! SO yummy! Beautiful photos as always~


Charlie July 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I love beets, I love goat cheese, and I love onions. So this dish looks incredible :).


Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs July 2, 2011 at 1:18 am

I am another who just loves beets, especially in a salad. The first time I cooked beets I just boiled them but I think roasting would give me a better flavor. I love the idea of goat cheese with it.


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

A vidalia onion would have worked really well. Next time I need to remember the goat cheese!


Karriann Graf July 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

Gorgeous salad, love the onions in it. Happy Cooking!


Tiffany July 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

Those colors are STUNNING!


Parsley Sage July 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Fridays are so much fun! And this was a great recipe because I’ve seen a lot of big supporters and staunch opponents. Yours looks lovely 🙂 Buzzed!


oneexpatslife July 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Very pretty plating. I liked beets when I was a kid too, happy to hear I was not the only weird kid.


Teresa July 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

The sliced beets look so much nicer on the plate than the chunky ones. I am definitely trying the goat cheese variation with this next time.


Veronica Gantley July 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

Your salad looks yummy and healthy.


Ann July 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Beautiful! I love beets, too….they are under used. Your blog is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on making Food Buzz Top 9!


Betsy July 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Nice twist on this simple salad. Your herb goat cheese looks delicious. I didn’t love the dressing on this one (though I’m a huge beet fan). Loved the icy onions though.


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