Monday, August 16, 2010

A summer salad recipe

Yesterday afternoon, I was planning my menus for the week.  By August, I'm tired of all my usual summer recipes, but it's too early for fall recipes, which I love.  So, I called the family around and asked each person for two  menu ideas -- main course and side dishes.  I got some (mostly) great responses!

Last night, we had one of my daughter's suggestions.  Steak and corn on the cob -- that was her entire menu. I decided to tweak it a bit by adding some fresh melon and a new recipe for a beet salad.  It turned out to be a great Sunday dinner of all locally grown fruits and veggies.  Colorado's Olathe corn is some of the best ever, and Rocky Ford cantaloupe is sweet and juicy. We ate on the back patio and it was one of those rare cool, summer evenings in August.

Here's a recipe for the beet salad.  I love pickled beets, but this recipe kicks it up a notch with walnuts and Roquefort cheese.  Enjoy!

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Beet Salad
(from Vineyard Seasons by Susan Branch)

5 medium beets
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. salad oil
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Roquefort cheese, to taste
Freshly ground pepper

Wash & trim beets.  Cook in boiling water till tender. Drain & cool; peel them, cut into julienne strips.  Put into bowl with thinly sliced onion and toss with vinegar & oil.  Add the sour cream & mix gently.  Sprinkle on walnuts, crumble on cheese & ground pepper.  Chill and serve on a bed of torn salad greens if you like.

7 comments:

Sherri said...

Karen-thanks for sharing the beet salad recipe-it sounds yummy!!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Love that you got your family's input... and they actually gave it! I don't get a lot of input around here, I get a lot of "whatever you want to do"! Which is nice and freeing and what have you, but sometimes I like help :)

I had to look up Rocky Ford melons, they are cantaloupe, right? I love cantaloupe :) I don't like beets though, so I had to skim over that part of your post, LOL!

Have a great day and week :)

Jackie said...

Hi Karen. Thanks so much for your comment about my new blog look...what you said is exactly what I was going for...so thank you for that. Speaking of blog looks...yours looks great! I love the sunflower header pic. Such a great idea about getting your family's input. I forget to do that.

Happy Monday!
Jackie

Marilyn said...

The Rocky Ford cantaloupes are THE BEST!! And I agree with you on the sweet corn. Red beets, not too sure about those! ♥♫

Get Campie! said...

thank you for your sweet comment on my get campie site!

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN, HAVEN'T BEEN BLOGGING, I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY GETTING MY ROOM TOGETHER, I AM ALMOST DONE. I LOVE YOUR BEET SALAD, JACKIE READ YOUR POST AND LOVED IT TOO. SHE WANTS TO MAKE IT.
IT SOUNDS REALLY YUMMY. I GUESS THE KIDS ARE ALL BACK TO SCHOOL, IT MUST BE QUIET AROUND YOUR HOUSE. HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Bill said...

Hey, thanks! I love fresh beets, and I was wondering why I couldn't find a beet salad recipe earlier in the season. Now I have one!
And since I like walnuts and Roquefort cheese, this sounds great to me.