Pear, beet & feta salad

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys.

I actually used to have it an old blog I used to run called 365 Days of Salad and it was very popular.  Sadly at the time I was running that blog, time was a thing I didn’t have.  I was working part-time, running a catering business full-time, and had a few other projects on the go, so it just didn’t get anywhere.

I have made this recipe a 100X and swear I love it more and more, despite hating beets. I know hate is a strong word – but there’s something about food that in my mind should be savoury, but is in fact sweet – YUCK! I just don’t like it.  However I do try to work with it a lot, because so many people LOVE beets (including my main squeeze), and I have to say, I’m getting there.  I still don’t love them, but I may not quite hate them anymore.

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YIELD –  6 to 8 side servings

INGREDIENTS

Salad

  • 2 bartlett pears
  • 2 average sized beets
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 2/3 cup of feta cheese(I used Trestelle brand)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • Juice from one fresh lemon (approx. 3 tbsp.)

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the pears (I keep the peel on, you can take it off if you want) into thin matchstick like slices.  Put in serving dish and pour 1 tbsp. of lemon juice over top, (this will keep them from browning).
  2. Peel and cut the beets into the same matchstick like slices and add to pears.
  3. Add feta cheese and mint and toss together.
  4. For the dressing add all ingredients together and mix well until combined. Pour dressing onto salad and toss ensuring everything is coated.
  5. Add salt and/or pepper to taste and serve.

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Voila, you’re done! This salad is that easy and takes about 10 minutes to make.

On top of which, it is delicious – I promise you, it will delight your guests at your next BBQ.  It is light and refreshing and goes perfectly with pretty much anything else you will serve – chicken, pork, steak, burgers, fish, you name it.

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Till the next recipe,

 

Kristen xo

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Pear, beet & feta salad

  1. Riz says:

    I know exactly what you mean! There really is something strange about having something that was clearly destined to be savoury actually turn out sweet! I don’t hate beets, I actually enjoy them every time I have them, but I’m still always hesitant!

    • kmysweetmess says:

      100% Riz! I will genuinely say though, the more I work with them, the more I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about.

  2. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking says:

    I I usually add feta to my salads and I love adding beets! I’ve never tried the combo with pear but it sounds delicious!

    • kmysweetmess says:

      Definitely give it a shot, it’s basic but delicious. You get the earthy tones from the beets, the sweetness from the pears, the salt from the feta and the tang from the lemon dressing. It turns into the perfect combination.

  3. Denise from Urb'n'Spice says:

    I love your quote: “I still don’t love them, but I may not quite hate them anymore.” lol It sounds like something my little said at one time 🙂 I do love the combination of ingredients that you have used here in your pear beet and feta salad. Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds delicious!

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