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Spiced beetroot salad

Jenny Chandler

A beautifully balanced salad to see you into autumn

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10 mins








  • 450g cooked, peeled beetroot (golden and traditional pink, if possible)
  • 200g tomatoes
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • 75g good black olives such as kalamata or niçoise, pitted or not, that’s up to you
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Leaves from 6 sprigs of parsley
  • Leaves from 6 sprigs of coriander
  • 100g feta cheese

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


Chop the beetroot into good-sized chunks, putting any traditional pink pieces into a small bowl, apart from the rest of the salad (otherwise the entire dish will turn a lurid fuchsia).

Divide the tomatoes into halves or quarters and place in a large bowl. Any golden beets can go in too. Add the sliced onion, olives, spices and the herbs, keeping the leaves whole.

Shake the dressing ingredients together in a jar and then pour half over the ruby beetroot and the rest over the salad mixture, tossing gently.

Now spoon the salad into a wide bowl or onto individual plates: place half the red beets on the plate followed by the main salad and then dot with the remaining beets, retaining the stunning colour contrasts.

Crumble over the feta just before serving. Taste – if you’re using particularly salty feta or olives you may require no seasoning at all.

Where to buy these ingredients

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