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beet cilantro and feta salad

Beetroot Salad with Cilantro and Feta Recipe

The Homesteading Hippy
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 -10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 medium size beetroots
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion it’s gentler on the palate than the more pungent white onion
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed or ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 sticks feta cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • Choose 8 beetroot that are roughly the same size so some aren't over cooked while others are still hard.
  • Wash the beetroot thoroughly to remove any soil.
  • Make sure the tops are cut about 2 inches from the top so the color doesn't bleed out too much when boiled.
  • Place beet in a pot and add in enough tap water to cover them by around 2 inches.
  • Set the pot on the stove and bring to the boil on a medium to high setting.
  • Reduce to a simmer and allow beets to cook for around 45 minutes or until a fork inserted indicates they are soft.
    boiled beetroot
  • Allow beets to cool off then cut of the top and tail and slip them out of their skins.
  • Rinse and cut each beet into 3 slices, then chop beetroot into blocks.
    cutting beetroot into blocks
  • Now chop your onion fine.
  • Chop cilantro roughly - not too fine as you want to see the green bits in the salad.
  • Grind cumin in a mortar and pestle after toasting the seeds in a dry pan for a couple of minutes, or use ready ground cumin, which isn’t quite as fragrant.
    cumin dry frying in a skillet
  • Mix onion and beetroot together with the salt, pepper, and cumin.
    beet onion and spices ready to mix
  • Add chopped cilantro.
  • Lastly add the lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Arrange on your serving platter or bowl.
  • Decorate with small blocks of the feta cheese, or crumble it in.
  • Stir lightly with a fork, as you want to maintain the contrast between the colors with the feta showing up white with a pinkish tinge.