As the weather starts getting warmer, our food begins to get lighter…

Here we have another delicious model recipe from Estelle…

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When I say caramelized I mean it... The beetroot turns into hard
sweet balsamicly, caramelised amazing-ness!

This recipe is so easy and tasty and you can really throw what ever 
you like into the salad. It's a great summer salad with the freshness of the 
pear and the additional kick of some lemon juice/zest.

 

Ingredients

4 fresh beetroots
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 Bosc pear ½ cup walnuts
3 cups of salad greens ½ cup feta 
(if you are vegan just skip out on the feta and honey)

 

 

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Method

1. Peel and cut the beetroots into bite size wedges
 2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and quickly roast the walnuts
 3. Mix the vinegar, oil, honey and coconut sugar in a bowl and then coat the beetroot generously with it.
 4. Spread the pieces of beetroot over a lined baking tray and leave in the oven for 20-30 minutes
 5. Just keep an eye on them you want it to turn into a dark balsamic colour with bits caramelising and
 bubbling away around it, not black and charcoal
(I found a fine line between the two)

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6.  Once the beetroot is ready and cooled add it to the salad greens along with the chopped walnuts,
feta and slices of pear. Then enjoy!


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This recipe is: Gluten free, vegetarian, and yum.

Health facts about the ingredients used:

 

Beetroot – Lowers blood pressure, improves stamina, fights inflammation, immune-boosting, cleansing,
packed with fiber, potassium, good for your bones, liver, kidneys, B vitamin folate.
Balsamic vinegar – Lowers blood pressure, stabilizes cholesterol, keeps blood glucose levels steady
Olive oil – Boosts circulation, balances insulin levels, anti-inflammatory, 
rich in monounsaturated fat (good fats),antioxidants, aids prevention/reduces diseases.
Honey - Contains flavonoids, antioxidants, Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, natural sweetener, 
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal.
Coconut sugar – Low glycemic impact (coconut sugar= 35, table sugar= 65-70) it also contains vitamin C, potassium, 
phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and is earth friendly.
Pear – Copper, antioxidants, vitamin K, fiber, heart health, anti-inflammatory, folate.
Walnuts – Protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals.
Salad greens – Vitamin K & vitamin A, helps with eye sight, healthy bones, protects your heart and helps fight breast cancer.
Feta cheese – 1/3 less fat than most other cheeses, high in calcium, iron, vitamin A.
Recipe taken from Leni's model Estelle's food blog.