Roasted Beetroot Salad

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This salad not only looks beautiful with it vibrant, rich colours but it tastes amazing, makes a great meal on its own, is a perfect side dish to a piece of meat or fish and it is great packed for lunch the next day. Gluten free, grain free and delicious!!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 beetroots
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed pumpkin
  • 1 bunch asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups green beans chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup cottage cheese 0r feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 bunch basil
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or ghee
  • Balsamic reduction for dressing (see recipe below)- I like to make a double batch of this and store in a small bottle in the cupboard for up to 6 months

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Peel beetroot and cut into chunks.
  • Prepare 3 pieces of alfoil by putting 1/2 tsp of ghee or coconut oil in the middle
  • Divide beetroot chunks amongst the 3 pieces of alfoil, season with salt and pepper and wrap up to seal the pouches
  • Place in the oven for approx. 30-40 minutes or until beetroot is tender when pierced with a fork
  • In the meantime add pumpkin cubes to a lined tray, coat with coconut oil or ghee and place in the oven for approx. 40 minutes until tender and slightly caramelised
  • In a pot of boiling water add the asparagus and beans and blanch them for 2 minutes
  • Drain the pot and run the beans and asparagus under cold water to stop the cooking process
  • In a large salad bowl (or 4 individual bowls)  add the spinach, then add the beans, asparagus, pumpkin and beetroot
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and basil leaves.
  • Dollop cottage cheese throughout or sprinkle with crumbled feta
  • Drizzle with balsamic reduction

 

Balsamic Reduction

  • Thermomix- Add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 tbs of a sweetener of choice- Varoma, speed 1 for 18 minutes
  • Pot- add all ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer for 18 minutes