February, 2015 RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Serves 2
as an entrée

Serves 4
as an appetizer


3 ea. large red beets, washed
2 ea. carrots
1 t caraway seeds
1 T olive oil

1 pt. red quinoa, cooked

1 pc. endive, chiffonade
1 pc. radicchio, chiffonade

Herb Yogurt Dressing
Beet Purée

• Herb Yogurt Dressing •

2 C greek yogurt
1 ea. garlic clove
1/2 shallot
2 T chives
2 T parsley
2 T caraway seeds, toasted
1/4 C ev olive oil
Salt, pepper to taste

Beet Purée

1.5 ea. large red beets, cooked
1 oz. lemon juice
1.5 T honey
Salt, pepper to taste


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Red Beet & Quinoa Salad

Feeling ambitious this Valentine's Day? Make this red-as-can-be salad for your favorites and we guarantee they'll be impressed! Sous chef Xavier Pervez builds flavor and beauty in this gorgeous beet salad.

Recipe Images by Bruce Plotkin Photography.



Cooking the Beets

  • Place washed beets in a pot and cover with water.
  • Season water with salt and turn on medium-high.
  • Cook beets until the flesh pulls away from the tines of a fork when pierced.
  • Remove from water and peel. Skin should rub off with a paper towel easily.
  • Once cool, cut to desired size.
  • Set aside.

Roasting the Carrots

  • Preheat oven to 450'F.
  • Toss carrots in olive oil, raw caraway seeds and salt.
  • Roast until slightly browned, remove from oven.
  • Once cool, cut to desired size.

Making the Beet Purée

  • In a blender or food processor, blend 1/3 of the beets until very smooth.
  • Add lemon juice, honey and seasoning as needed.

Making the Dressing

  • In a blender or with a handheld immersion blender, blend garlic, shallot, chives, parsley, caraway seeds and yogurt until just combined.
  • Slowly add olive oil to emulsify.
  • Season dressing to taste with salt.

Composing the Salad

  • Toss the remaining 2/3 of beets with carrots, endive, radicchio, quinoa and yogurt dressing.
  • Season to taste and set aside.
  • Place beet purée on bottom of serving dish and top with mixed salad.
  • Share with your favorite loved one(s) on Valentine's Day!