Roasted Beetroot Salad with Fig + Smashed Raspberry Dressing
I want to share one of my favourite salads of the moment made form roasted beetroot, ripe autumn figs, baby spinach and smashed raspberry dressing scented with pomegranate. I love roasting large bunches of beetroot over a weekend, it provides a lovely base for salads during the week when I’m pressed for time. Roasted beetroot lasts about 4 days in the fridge and I love it with my smashed raspberry dressing that allows all the flavours to dance on your taste buds. The fig is optional – but a great addition when they are in season – you can also use roasted cinnamon pumpkin if figs are unavailable. I love to eat it simply as is or topped with creamy white goats cheese or Persian feta that rounds out the flavour. It is also lovely served along side pan roasted salmon or medium rare grass fed beef fillet.
What’s good about it:
Beetroots are packed with phytonutrients called betalains that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support to the body. They are also high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium that help with bone mineralization and muscle contraction. Figs are low GI and high in fibre to help keep you full and support healthy digestion. Raspberries are antioxidant rich super berries high in anti inflammatory nutrients to promote optimum health and vitality. Spinach is high in phyto-nutrients to nourish your immune system. Black pepper contains an active ingredient called piperline that is known to enhance digestion and work as an anti-inflammatory.
800 g fresh whole beetroot
100 g baby spinach leaves or rocket
2 fresh ripe figs
180 g raspberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see notes)
1 tablespoon cold pressed olive oil
ground black pepper
Preheat your oven to 180 C.
Trim the whole beetroot from leaves and wash well with the skin still on.
Wrap each whole beetroot in foil and place onto a baking tray.
Roast for about 45 minutes (large beetroot) or 30 minutes (small beetroot) until a skewer can easily be inserted through the core.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the foil for about 1 hour – this process allows the skin to be removed easily.
Remove the foil and peel the skin off with your fingers – a good idea is to wear disposable gloves and the beetroot skin should slip off very easily when rubbed gently.
Cut beetroot into quarters if large or leave a few whole if small.
Arrange onto a serving platter or large bowl along with baby spinach leaves.
Top with fresh figs.
Smash raspberries with a fork – leaving a few whole berries for decoration.
Add pomegranate molasses, black pepper and olive oil.
Spoon the dressing over the salad and enjoy.
Top with goats cheese, Persian feta or labneh (yoghurt cheese).
Top with roasted walnuts, pumpkin seeds or pistachio.
Use roasted cinnamon pumpkin or sweet potato in place of figs.
Serve alone or along side natural protein sources such as fish, green burgers, spinach + ricotta tart or grass fed beef fillet.
Pomegranate molasses is available from all good grocers, supermarkets and Middle eastern food markets. If you can’t find it you can use a good aged balsamic vinegar.