Raw Beet Salad


As some of you might know, I work in the rather fast-paced world of federal politics. This time of year is like Christmas or New Years to hospitality staff. It’s insane. Stress levels are high and entire days can flit by in the blink of an eye.

This Saturday will be the culmination of all of that work – Election Day.

Raw Beet Salad - she cooks, she gardens

Next Monday I start another new chapter in my life with another new job. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and everything that comes with starting in a new role.

It seems fitting that this new challenge rolls around with a glorious change in the weather. It’s 23 degrees outside in Adelaide today, with an expected high of 28. It’s positively gorgeous.

Raw Beet Salad - she cooks, she gardens

With this change in weather I’m itching to get back out into the garden again and start making room for all the luscious summer produce that is just a few short months away.

Raw beet & mandarin salad by she cooks, she gardens

The wicking bed is currently loaded with beetroot, garlic, spring onions and carrots. The beets are starting to push up out of the soil and I can see signs of the carrots being ready to do the same. I picked a few beets to open up the space a little and they are glorious.

We’ve also come to the end of citrus season with the last of the mandarins making their way into our kitchen. There is nothing better than the sweetness of a freshly picked mandi and it got me thinking about how it might go with the earthy crunch of a freshly picked beetroot.

Raw Beet Salad - she cooks, she gardens

This salad is a gorgeous celebration of the end of a season. Brightly coloured, packed with nutrient and naturally vegan.

See you on the other side!

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Raw Beet & Mandarin Salad
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This raw beet salad is a gorgeous celebration of the end of a season. Brightly coloured, packed with nutrient and naturally vegan.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2-3
  • 4 small-medium size Beetroot, peeled
  • 4 small-medium size Mandarin, peeled and seeds removed
  • 1 tspn Dukkha
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 tbspn red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • A large handful of rocket leaves, rinsed and dried
  1. Cut the beetroot into small slices using a mandolin (if you don’t have one then grating is a good alternative).
  2. Segment 3 of the mandarins and place in a large bowl with the beetroot and dukka.
  3. Take a jam jar (or small bowl) add the juice of the remaining mandi, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Shake well until all combined.
  5. Add to the bowl with a pinch of salt and cracked black pepper.
  6. Add the rocket and toss well to coat.
  7. Serve.
  • http://www.clairekcreations.com Claire @ Claire K Creations

    Good luck with the end of the job Erin. I bet it will be nice to have a change after all that work. What a beautiful salad!

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Thanks Claire, fingers crossed!

  • http://gourmetwog.wordpress.com Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    just between you and me, I can’t wait for Saturday to roll around and not hear of politics again for a long long time!
    Good luck for your new job on Monday!
    Your salad looks divine, I adore beetroots and have only just started to embrace them raw. I can’t wait to give this a go :)

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Hehe, thanks Lisa – I know how you feel!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    This salad is outstanding! I’d love to spend time waltzing through your garden. Everything I have is in pots. A stroll takes 31 seconds. :)

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Thanks Maureen, you’re welcome anytime. It is still very much a work in progress, learning lots and making mistakes – all part of the process, I suppose. :)

  • http://www.town-n-country-living.com Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

    This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it! Found your recipe via FoodGawker and am going to poke around your blog a bit more. Love the photos!

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. I hope you like what you find here. :)

  • http://www.merrynsmenu.blogspot.com.au Merryn@merrynsmenu

    What a colourful salad. I love the idea of combining beets with mandarins, both are a part of my favourite food group. You are doing well if you are already picking beetroot. I hope you revel in your new job, a change can be as good as a holiday.

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Thanks Merryn, I hope so too! :)

  • http://diginhobart.blogspot.com.au/ e / dig in hobart

    i’ve never had raw beetroot. maybe this summer is the time to try it! hobart is about half your temperatures at the moment, but i’m craving salad greens and lighter flavours.goos luck with your new job!

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Thanks e! I hope you give it a shot, it’s a really nice earthy flavour.

  • http://www.thelifeofclare.com.au The Life of Clare

    Our beetroots are also starting to pop up from the soil, carrots are a long way off though. I love raw beetroot and can’t wait for some delicious bright summer salads!

    • http://shecooksshegardens.com Erin B

      Enjoy the beets, Clare! :)