Apple and Beet Matchstick Salad

It’s been a really hot summer so far, but whose complaining? I would take summer any day over the almost six months long Canadian winter! Summer in Canada is synonymous with being outdoors – camping and hiking, barbecues and patios, salads and cocktails! What’s better on a hot summer day than a quick, easy to fix salad, to beat the heat? This really simple, apple and beetroot salad, spiced with mint and a lemon vinaigrette is so refreshing and is a perfect side for your grilled chicken! I paired this with some yumm Cumin spiced chicken. Recipe for the chicken is on the blog now!

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Beetroot and apple salad with grilled cumin spiced chicken

I call it a Matchstick salad, because I slice the apples and beetroots thin and long, like matchsticks.

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Apple and beet matchstick salad

The apples add a nice sweetness and the beets add an earthiness to the otherwise tangy salad and the mint renders it a refreshing burst of flavor! Mint has plenty of health benefits apart from being able to add zing to a drink or meal! Adding some crumbled feta is optional. Feta gives it that savory flavor that some people prefer (to the sweetness of the beetroot and apple). I like mine both ways! I also like to marinate the sliced beetroot in lemon juice for a couple of hours, so they get to soak in the flavor of the lemon! Here’s the recipe:

Apple and Beetroot Matchstick salad

Prep Time: 1 hour  

Serves: 2

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Beetroot and apple summer salad with lemon vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  1. Apple: 1 – medium (Sliced like matchsticks)
  2. Beetroot: 1 – medium (Sliced like matchsticks)
  3. Lemon juice: 3 tablespoons
  4. Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Crushed black pepper: To taste
  6. Feta (Optional): 1/4 cup (Crumbled)
  7. Pecans (Optional): 1/8 cup (Roughly chopped)
  8. Fresh Mint: 1/4 cup (Chopped)
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Apple and beetroot salad with a minty lemon vinaigrette

Instructions: 

  1. Marinate the sliced beetroot in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the dressing together: 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the sliced apples and dressing in a separate bowl. Refrigerate for 50 minutes.
  4. At the end of the 60 minutes, combine the beetroot and apple and add the chopped mint.
  5. Add feta and pecans just before serving.
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Apple and beetroot salad

And your minty cool summer fresh salad is ready! Serve it on a bed of greens. And pair it with some cumin spiced chicken for the perfect dinner on a warm summer night!

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Apple and beetroot salad with grilled chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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