Winter gardening here in Northeastern Indiana has been more fun than usual this year, thanks to an unseasonably long and warm fall. One of the tricks of maintaining a winter garden in our northern climate is careful planning so that plants are well enough established to hold well in cold weather. This year, it’s been mild enough that I haven’t had to cover anything with mulch or protective row covers. This morning’s harvest, pictured above, came out of the garden in beautiful shape. As the colder weather of December and January move in, things won’t look quite so vibrant, but will still be perfectly good for the kitchen.
Lunch today was beetroot and feta salad, close to the last one I’ll have. I should have planted an additional row of beets, because I’ve only got enough left for one more meal. I didn’t spend much time trying to get a picture, because I was hungry. I’ve noticed a lot of beetroot salad pictures online, and want to know how they manage to keep their feta perfectly white? Beetroot is messy, and colors everything it comes in contact with. I’ve got the purple fingers to prove it.
I’m not going to give exact amounts, because I only ever make this to serve one. My husband hates both beets and feta. You can’t really mess this one up, because the ingredients are so simple.
Beetroot & Feta Salad with Parsley
A few beetroots, boiled, peeled, and cubed (about 1 1/2 cup per serving)
A big handful of parsley, chopped
Feta, cubed or crumbled
Fresh lemon juice
Olive oil, amount equal to lemon juice
A couple of garlic cloves, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste
The easiest way to cook beetroot is with the skin still on. Trim the tops and bottoms, and boil them whole until fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let them sit in the pan with cold water, and they will be easier to handle. Slip the skins off and cube.
Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper into a vinaigrette.
Combine beetroot, feta, and parsley. Drizzle with vinaigrette.