Friday, July 1, 2011

Chunky Beets And Icy Red Onions - French Fridays With Dorie


















I love Fridays...two reasons - firstly it is the day that Chef Dennis will have his Guest Post Friday  for us on his blog - an introduction I look forward to and secondly ,  it is the day that I can post up my master piece based on recipes from Dorie Greenspan's lastest book Around My French Table . Since I have the book in hand, I decided to be a member of  French Fridays With Dorie and have fun with the rest of Dorie's fans.  Today's recipe is Chunky Beets & Icy Onions  :) and this is my much awaited salad....one word... Awesome !

















I am glad that I bought this book from BD and it is a treasure for me. With 300 recipes...french cooking from main meals to desserts...this will take me a few years to finish the whole book and by then I think I will be good in french cooking :)  Lucky for me,  my family loves western food and what more French food !!!  Ok back to this salad....it is healthy.beets being the main ingredient and the dijon mustard dressing is so good that I have been praising the dressing for hours till WB just have to shut his eyes and ears and let my drumming goes on LOL!


















This is the french dijon mustard that I used for the dressing..... and I will give you a tip on how to make the onions crunchy...a tip from Dorie - cut the red onions into rings , wash away the bitterness with cold water- first rinse after that soak the rings in cold water and ices and refrigerate it till needed.  I won't be sharing the recipe here - that is the first rule in joining the FFwD group .  Anyway do get the book if you love her cooking...you will not regret buying it.  For me , I love it absolutely and it has become a ritual to look through the recipes daily  :p  and drools before bed time :)


















This salad is can be served alongside  your grilled as side dishes and according to Dorie , this is not just a summer salad but can be served all the year round.  The fresh oregano is from my own garden....my pot of oregano comes in handy especially in french cooking :)  This salad taste even better if chilled.  Lovely salad!  Check out what the rest of the French Fridays With Dorie group did here !





















Have a great weekend......
and do check this out too if you have the time :)




another Dorie's great recipe 



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23 comments:

  1. I have yet to learn to appreciate beetroots. I feel they smell like saw dust. Or is it that the beets I got are not good? You know, like how sometimes sweet potatoes got this weird "keroseney" smell if they are beginning to spoil.

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  2. Ideal for me for Friday - I do not eat meat one day in a week...if I can help it.

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  3. Looks delicious! I was wondering what the rules were for French Fridays with Dorie! Your pictures are beautiful and I love beets!

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  4. Wendy....yea got a slight smell but not that bad...wild boar doesnt like it much but it is so good for health :) and if you make them into salad with the mustard dressing..it is fantastically delicious. * yours may be a bit overly mature ,so the smell can be a bit ' keroseney' smell *

    Arthur...yea you should eat more meatless dishes :p good for you this beet salad :)

    Ann...thank you and do drop by here for the rules

    http://www.frenchfridayswithdorie.com/?page_id=2

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  5. Hi Elin,
    I saw your comment and link on the French Fridays site. The post to put your link on for this week was not up yet but should be up soon!
    Welcome to the group, your beet salad looks delicious and I'm glad you liked it;-)

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  6. Hello, Elin Your dish looks terrific. The fresh herbs on top give the finishing touch and flair. I'm a newcomer to French Friday's and I've had trouble in the past two weeks finding the link. The friendly Doristas who have commented on my blog( I have their links from the comments) have mostly put up their recipes so I have visited their pages this week. I'll keep checking back.

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  7. The salad looks great!! Photos are beautiful!

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  8. You've made the salad sound delicious and like something I should try. It's hard to make beets appealing, but you were able to do that. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Your beets look nice! We liked this salad, too...I found your post from your post at FFWD :).

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  10. Hi Elin, welcome to FFwD! Your salad looks great. We loved this recipe at my house.a

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  11. Welcome to the group! Your salad looks fabulous....I'm ready to eat it again :)

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  12. Pachecopatty....thanks for the warm welcome :) Saw yours and like yours too. Dorie's honey and mustard vinaigrette is so perfect for this salad. Love it !!

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  13. MyBlackPoodle....thanks for dropping by and let's shake hand , I am also new to FFWD and I am so excited, joining FFWD and being part of the group has make it fun to cook all Dorie's recipe from the book Around My French Table :) I am not alone :) and I get to learn from all of you too :)

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  14. Kate...thanks..I am always encouraged by your sweet comment :)

    Mary....oh you must try it out...honey and mustard vinaigrette with the beets...perfect salad for summer bbq ribs :)

    Luciacara...thanks for dropping by and yea this is the perfect salad for any grill dishes :) yea I guess all of us love Dorie's beets salad :) Awesome !


    Lola...thanks for dropping by and the warm welcome from all of you :) I feel so at home now with FFWD :) Love this beets salad especially with the icy red onions.. Brilliant of Dorie to come up with such an awesome vinaigrette :) Love it !

    Lizzy....haha Lizzy thanks for inviting me to join FFWD...love the group and love Dorie's Around My French Table :) Me too ! I shall be making this again !

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  15. Pachecopatty....thanks for the warm welcome :) Saw yours and like yours too. Dorie's honey and mustard vinaigrette is so perfect for this salad. Love it !!

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  16. Welcome aboard, Elin! I hope you have a lot of fun cooking your way through Around My French Table. It is a wonderful, wonderful book.

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  17. half way reading your post, i was thinking, good, elin is going to cook a lot from this book, then i dont have to get this book, just source from here! hahaha! then i read your rules!! Is this book all on french cooking?

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  18. Adriana...thanks for the warm welcome :) Yea...it is a good book...love all the recipes in it and I am sure I have lots of fun cooking them all with the rest of you :)


    Lena...haha yea all french cooking but they are all delicious :) Worth buying if you like western food :) I love it and no regrets buying Dorie's book. I have two of her books :p I am crazy over her tips and her cooking.. Simple and yet delicious. Buy her book you will love them all :)

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  19. That salad is gorgeous! It makes me wish I liked beets! Welcome to FFwD

    Heather (Genkinaonna)

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  20. Welcome to the group, Elin - it's a lot of fun and I've learned a lot so far. I love the look of your salad and it's great you were able to use oregano from your own garden, too.

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  21. Heather....thanks for dropping by :) I am glad I get to know you through FFWD :)

    Theresa...you did a good job on it yourself. Love the color of your beets and I am sure it taste good too :)

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  22. Elin - welcome to FFwD. Hopefully, things will be on track this week with a LYL!
    Lovely photos.

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  23. Sometimes I don't get how people can't like beets - but to each their own!

    I love them and I this little dish looks so delicious =)

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