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Tunisian-Style Roasted Beet Salad With Harissa
from Cookgirl

From The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. This spicy salad is served either slightly warm or at room temperature. If you do not care for beets, yams or potatoes can be substituted.

SERVES 4 -5

  • 2 1/2 lbs small red beets (or golden beets, scrubbed, trimmed, peeled and cut in half-read NOTE*)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup green onion, cut thinly on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon homemade harissa, to taste (for a spicier version add more)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar (or white balsamic)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

NOTE*: If using yams or potatoes, scrub well, remove skin and cut in half or thirds depending on size.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In small non-reactive bowl combine the salad dressing ingredients and whisk well. Set aside.

In a large shallow pan, toss the cut up beets lightly with the olive oil to coat. Transfer the beets to a large baking sheet and cover the baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake the beets for about 30 minutes or until the beets are very tender when pierced with a fork.

Remove from oven, set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

Then cut beets into 1/2" cubes.

Place the prepared beets into a large salad bowl and toss lightly but thoroughly with the salad dressing to combine.