Friday, 18 January 2019

Spelt Beetroot Salad with Spinach

I've mentioned in previous blog posts, that I tend to make pasta salads for work lunches, but as we had sort of expected to have spaghetti on one of the evenings after work, I decided I had to start using some of the grains in my kitchen jars, namely spelt, barley and buckwheat.  I ended up making this Spelt Beetroot Salad with Spinach and Mushrooms.  

One ingredient I often find in my fridge is cooked beetroot.  Not because I like it, its because D likes beetroot.  Halfway through the working week, I stumble across it and ponder what to do with it as its fast reaching its use by date. So its not surprising to find that I have a number of lunches for work made with beetroot. See below my many work lunches that include beetroot. 
Balsamic-roasted beetroot with winter greens and Pearl couscous
Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad 



Other than it being a dish to eat mindfully, by that I mean slowly because of the chewy nature of the grains, I actually quite enjoyed it.  In fact I decided to make another recipe with grains the following week. 

I am afraid I don't have a recipe as such for this Spelt Beetroot Salad with Spinach as it was pretty much thrown together with what we had in the fridge.  To the cooked spelt, which of course I cooked.  I added a light dressing of white wine vinegar and oil.  Chopped the cooked beetroot, tossed in the washed spinach, seasoned it and gave it a good stir.  Oh I forgot there are also some kernels of sweetcorn, it was an afterthought to give it more flavour and some slices of raw chestnut mushroom, but I was not that keen with that addition.
I am sharing this Spelt Beetroot Salad with Spinach with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen; and Eat Your Greens challenge that I am hosting this month.   

10 comments:

  1. I would like to have someone like D in the house - I love beetroot but am often too lazy to cook it - have some in the house now so maybe I need to make a salad like this one. It looks really good.

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    1. Thanks Johanna. I should really start buying beetroot in jars or cooking it from scratch like I once did, rather than buying it cooked shrink-wrapped plastic as its not recyclable - but yes - D does like beetroot anything.

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  2. I love beets and just recently won a case of them. :) Will probably visit all of your salad recipes, especially this one (and that horseradish pasta salad sounds amazing)!!!

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    1. Wow Debra - winning a case of beetroot - my husband will be jealous. The horseradish pasta was lovely, def. one I recommend and beetroot rice pudding!

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  3. I love a good grain salad. The beetroot gives this one a lovely color. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

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    1. Thank you Deb. It made a nice change from pasta the grains.

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  4. I stopped buying beetroot because I can't think of enough good things to make with it (apart from beetroot brownies!) so thank you for the suggestions. I don't think I've ever cooked it myself before. I imagine it tasting slightly nutty, is that right?

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    1. Thumbs up to beetroot brownies though :) It is def. slightly nutty

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