This Beetroot, Horseradish Pasta Salad was made in a hurry a few weeks back over the weekend.
I took inspiration from what was in my fridge: cooked beetroot and green beans and kitchen cupboards: horseradish powder and dried pasta and lunch was on the table in less than 30 minutes.
The amount of horseradish you put in is subjective, put in as much or as little as you want. I made the horseradish myself with some horseradish powder that I picked from Glastonbury earlier on in the month. But if you use ready made, albeit a vegan brand make sure you get good horseradish - nothing disappoints than a tame horseradish in your mouth when your expecting a boom!
We had some Beetroot Horseradish Pasta Salad left over, so I took some into work and shared it with a colleague who comes from Slovakia where they do like their beetroot. By the way this is the same work colleague who gave me some beetroots from her allotment plot a little while back and I made a vegan Beetroot and Soy 'Lamb' Curry. She liked it and wanted the recipe. I told her 'there is no recipe, but this is what I did'... I cooked the pasta and stirred in cooked green beans, cooked beetroot and then stirred in a little olive oil along with some horseradish , finished of with a good grinding of salt and pepper.
I was never a fan of beetroot when I was small and it was not something that my parents cooked with. The only form I ever saw it was in jars for making cheese and beetroot rolls, the stuff was harsh. However, when I left home for college and then University, I became more adventurous with my food and my culinary adventures had just begun. I met my husband, then a friend, then a boyfriend, then fiancee for many many years before we got married - well he loved the red beet root, so I began discovering the versatility of this earthy vegetable and began making both savoury and sweet dishes with it. I would not say that I love beetroot, but I have over the years begun appreciating it much more than I did in my early formative years.
Other Beetroot Sweet and Savoury Recipes that may appeal
Beetroot Chocolate Cake Runner Up in the Great Vegan Bake Of 2013
Chocolate Beetroot Black Bean Chilli
Raw Beetroot Coconut Halwa Hearts
Beetroot Pakora Bites
Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry
This blog post is part of Vegan Month of Food: Memories and Traditions. I am also sharing this Beetroot, Horseradish and Green Beans Pasta Salad with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen; and Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching for Spice; and Simple and In Season hosted by Feeding Boys;