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  • Raw Beet and Dill Salad

Raw Beet and Dill Salad

Posted on April 20, 2017

This post was originally published here on August 7, 2013. I’ve updated the photos and text because trust me, they needed it! Enjoy!

Did you know that you can eat beets raw? This was something that I only discovered a couple of years ago. Until that point, I had always boiled or roasted them into submission. And in the years before that, I wouldn’t even have touched a beet with a 10 foot pole.

It’s funny how things change.

Now I love beets any way you cook them. And even in ways when you don’t cook them.

This Raw Beet and Dill Salad is a favorite of mine. The raw beets are just so damn crunchy. It’s irresistible. And they still have that characteristic earthy, sweet taste that I’ve grown to love. The dill makes this dish extra fresh. And the mustard-vinegar dressing provides the perfect level of tang.

Raw Beet and Dill Salad | www.floatingkitchen.net

Also, see that photo above? That’s how much dill my Mom gave me when I told her I need a couple of sprigs for a recipe. Classic Mom. Always going overboard!

The whole recipe uses only eight ingredients, most of which are pantry staples. And it’s a great way to prepare beets in the Summer months when it’s WAY to hot to turn on your oven. I typically enjoy this salad straight out of the bowl. But it would also be good as a slaw for topping tacos or sandwiches.

Raw Beet and Dill Salad | www.floatingkitchen.net

Grating beets is an inherently messy task. There isn’t any way around it. You’ll likely get splatters over your kitchen countertops and clothes. And you may even end up with pink hands, too. But here are some tips I’ve learned over the years to help minimize the damage. First and foremost, you could certainly use your food processor with the shredder attachment to grate the beets. That usually results in the least amount of mess. But honestly, I think the size and texture of the shreds is better when I use my trusty box grater. So to that end, I place my box grater on a big plate right in my kitchen sink. Most of the splatters will stay confined within the walls of the sink. And then you can easily just rinse them away with water. Wear gloves if you don’t want pink hands. And lastly, try golden beets instead of red beets, which will eliminate the threat of red juices all together!

Cheers,

Liz

Raw Beet and Dill Salad

Yield: Makes 3 cups

Raw Beet and Dill Salad

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons dill, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar (can substitute red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups grated beets (from about 4 to 5 medium sized beets)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dill and the next six ingredients until well combined.
  2. Add this dressing to the grated beets, tossing until the beets are evenly coated.
  3. You can serve this salad immediately. Or chill it in your refrigerator for several hours before serving. Leftovers can be stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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  • Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Posted on April 6, 2017

I am SO excited about today’s savory waffle recipe. In my eyes, it’s a real winner for brinner!

That was a terrible rhyme. I’m sorry.

But more importantly, I want to know if you’re excited about it. Because when I put a teaser photo up on Facebook last week, a lot of people were like “what have you done to waffles?” or “waffles are vehicles for maple syrup, not vegetables.”, etc.

This was not the response I was expecting to get. I definitely thought savory waffles were kind of a thing now. Am I wrong?

So tell me. Are you into the idea of  savory waffles? Or not? Be honest (but polite, please!). Your input will help me to plan out my future cooking endeavors. Thanks in advance!

Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower | www.floatingkitchen.net

For now, we’re going to proceed with today’s recipe for Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower as initially planned. So if you’re grossed out by the idea of a savory waffle, then I guess just look away for the time being. Sorry about that.

I don’t do breakfast for dinner (= brinner) very often, but when I do I typically go savory (I like to reserve my sweet tooth for things like ice cream and chocolate mousse!). And these savory sour cream waffles with cheddar cheese, scallions and fresh parsley really hit the spot. I topped mine with a mixture of roasted broccoli and cauliflower (both in season right now), but asparagus would also be an excellent choice. And if you wanted to add an egg, a dollop of ricotta cheese or a few shakes of hot sauce, those would all be good options as well. The waffle is really just a blank canvas for your favorite toppings!

Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower | www.floatingkitchen.net

For me, two waffles topped with about 1 1/2 cups of the roasted vegetables is a perfect serving size for dinner. But you could certainly add a side salad (or additional vegetables) if you’re feeling extra hungry. Since I’m a single lady, I inevitably end up with leftover waffles. But lucky for me, they freeze beautifully. All you have to do is place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in your freezer to freeze. Once the waffles are frozen, transfer them to a zip-closure bag for longer storage. Then when a craving strikes, just pop one in the toaster or your oven to thaw. Easy peasy!

This whole meal comes together in under 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for this months addition of 30 Minute Thursday. Hooray! For more quick and easy dinner ideas, scroll down below and check out the recipes that some of my blogging friends whipped up this month. I know you’ll find lots of inspiration for those busy weeknights!

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe adapted from my Peaches and Cream Waffles

Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Serves 4

Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • For the Vegetables
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • For the Waffles
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter, cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the broccoli and cauliflower florets together on a large rimmed baking sheet with the olive oil, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle the lemon juice over the roasted vegetables. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, pre-heat your waffle iron on the medium-high setting. Spray the cooking surfaces with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt. Then add in the eggs, sour cream and milk, whisking until mostly incorporated. Next drizzle in the melted butter, whisking until all the ingredients are fully combined. Fold in the cheddar cheese, scallions and parsley. Scoop the batter into your pre-heated waffle iron (I used 1/3 cup of batter in each 4-inch well of my waffle maker) and close the lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the waffles are crisp and golden browned. You may have to adjust the amount of batter and the cooking time, depending on the size of your waffle iron. Carefully remove the waffles and set them on a wire rack. Cover to keep warm.
  4. To serve, top waffles with some of the roasted broccoli and cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle with additional sliced scallions and chopped parsley, if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

1. If you don’t have whole wheat flour on hand, you can use all-purpose flour.

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