Sunday, 27 November 2016

Beetroot, Horseradish and Green Beans Pasta Salad

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
Beetroot Pearls
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;  

18 comments:

  1. Sometimes the fridge inspiration is the best. This looks really nice.

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    1. Thank you, it went down well on the day.

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  2. This sounds interesting - I confess I am not familiar with horseradish and still remember it most clearly as a weapon rather than as a food - when Maxwell Smart killed a tarantuala. But this sounds like such a nice salad that I think I would like to try horseradish!

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    1. I did not grow up eating horseradish its traditionally a condiment for beef, but D intro'd it to me when we had some mock beef slices and i loved the warmth, its not as strong as wasabi and its milder than some mustards. I had not heard of it as a weapon before, but i can see that

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  3. Homemade horseradish is very impressive. This salad is also impressive and I love dishes that use what is to hand and come together quickly.

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    1. Thanks Kari, the fresh root would have been much stronger and better, but powder is more affordable if you can find it.

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  4. I love how much colour beetroot adds to a dish! It's such a simple way to brighten up a plate. Also, it's delicious. When I was a kid I only knew it from the jars of pickled beetroot my mum loved, and I've never been a fan of pickled food. It was only when I left home that I realised it didn't only exist in pickled form and became a fan!

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    1. Thank you, I've made another beet dish today - Sri Lankan curry with yellow, chioggia and red beets, i have def. come to like it. It's def good to learn its a versatile veg and not just in pickled form

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  5. It looks so pretty! I love the contrasting white, purple and green of the different ingredients. I also have to say that I wasn't a fan of beetroot when I was younger but then I lived in Poland for couple of years where they love beetroot and I discovered that I did like it after all! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

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    1. Thank you Corina. The green was accidental but I do agree with you. The Poles do love beetroot and we have come to like it with time too, so pleased your a fan now as well

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  6. That looks sooo tasty. It's almost lunchtime, I think a version of this is now on the cards :-)

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    1. Ah excellent Sue. Hope you enjoy - and remember - good horseradish!

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  7. I'm not the biggest beetroot fan, but your salad is very appealing to me. I think I would love it!

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    1. Thank you Andrea, I was never a fan of beetroot but have come to appreciate it over the years

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  8. This is just the kind of thing I love making a big batch of for my husband's work packed lunches.... yum! Thanks for hooking up again with this month's round of Simple and in Season :-)

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    1. Thank you Katie, so glad to learn that you'd make this for your husbands lunch :) I do for mine too.

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  9. This dish looks wonderful, beetroot and horseradish are a match made in heaven! There is a traditional Polish dish with these 2 ingredients in it and I might do a post on it this month as it's often eaten around Christmas time.

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    1. Thank you Monika. I was partly inspired by Eastern European flavours, so pleased its reminded you of a Polish dish. Look forward to seeing it.

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