Monday, April 23, 2012

Beet + Pineapple Salad

TDH and I are making this salad for dinner tonight.  I made it last week and he can't stop raving about it.  Plus, tonight is Monday Night Dinner with our good friends in La Jolla.  It's turned into a weekly tradition where we switch off making dinner for each other.  I can't tell you how much I look forward to every other week's night off from cooking and doing the dishes.  (We don't have a dishwasher!)  To round out the meal we are adding a homemade quiche with fresh backyard eggs and blanched asparagus.  The Lemon and Thyme Scones I posted a few weeks ago would pair well too. What did you make the last time you had breakfast for dinner?

Beet + Pineapple Salad (gluten free, vegan, nut free)

3 medium size beets (the more colorful the better)
extra virgin olive oil

1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh if possible
2 cups lettuce greens
3 green onions

1 lemon juiced
first cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil

- Preheat oven/toaster oven to 400* F.
- Rinse beets, no need to peel or cut them unless they are large.  
- Toss beets in olive oil and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour turning every 15 minutes. 
- While the beets are roasting cut the pineapple into bite size chunks. 
- Chop green onions, white and green parts.  
- Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper for the dressing.
- Cool beets for 10 minutes or longer if you have the time.  If not, throw on some gloves to peel off the outer skin.  Chop into bit size pieces. 
- Add all ingredients, mix and serve.


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