Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts

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Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts

Beets are one of those versatile root vegetables which are excellent roasted, sautéed, boiled or raw! Beetroot is also a nutritional powerhouse, rich in fiber and vitamin C. In this salad, the earthy sweetness is paired with sharp and buttery Manchego cheese, juicy cherry tomatoes and toasted walnuts to add the crunch. To make the beets palatable, let the grated beets sit and marinate in some simple vinaigrette of olive oil, Champagne vinegar and salt. It will soften it and bring up the flavor to a new height. Alternatively, goat cheese and pistachio variation can be used instead.

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Ingredients: red beets, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, Manchego cheese, parsley, Champagne vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

cherry tomatoes

Cut cherry tomatoes in half and set aside.

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Thinly julienne the beets using a mandoline or a very sharp knife.

julienned-beets

Mandoline slicer is the best for julienned matchstick results.

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Transfer julienned beets to a bowl and pour the dressing on top. Let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.

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To finish off the salad, add cherry tomatoes and parsley leaves, gently mix to combine. Adjust the seasoning and plate the salad. Sprinkle each serving with walnuts and shave the cheese on top.

Bon Appétit!
Svitlana

Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts

recipe details

Serves 2

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 2 small red beets, peeled
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup walnuts, toasted, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz. Manchego cheese shavings
  • pinch of dry oregano
  • 1/8 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, just leaves

For the dressing

  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Make the dressing: Whisk together vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper. Gradually add the olive oil until well combined.
  2. Thinly julienne the beets using a mandoline or a very sharp knife. Transfer to a bowl and pour the dressing on top. Let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
  3. To finish off the salad, add cherry tomatoes and parsley leaves, gently mix to combine. Adjust the seasoning and plate the salad. Sprinkle each serving with walnuts and shave the cheese on top.

 

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6 thoughts on “Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts”

  1. Hi Svitlana, Making this salad but I don’t see oregano in the ingredient list. Should it be included?

    Thanks. Recipe looks great.

    Suzan

    1. Hi Suzan, good catch! I like to add just a pinch of dry oregano to my salads, I meant to include it into the ingredients box but probably forgot. If you like it, please try to add just a touch of it and see if it works for you as well! Let me know how it came out. Bon appetite!

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