A wooden table with a bowl filled with slices of fig, almonds and white goat's curd

Beetroot, fig and goat’s curd salad

  • serves 4 as a starter
  • Easy

Earthy beetroots, jammy figs, creamy goat's curd and smoked almonds come together in this veggie salad recipe from Chiswick neighbourhood restaurant, The Silver Birch

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Serve this beetroot, fig and goat’s curd salad for a stylish starter or main, then check out our beetroot and goat’s cheese salad, beetroot soup, beetroot risotto and more beetroot recipes

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Ingredients

  • beetroots 6 large, tops removed, washed
  • rapeseed oil 1 tbsp
  • whole black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp

BEETROOT GLAZE

  • beetroot juice 100ml
  • red wine vinegar 50ml
  • caster sugar 25g

PICKLED ONIONS

  • red onion 1 small
  • red wine vinegar 50ml

GARNISHES

  • goat’s curd 200g
  • figs 2, cut into small wedges
  • smoked almonds 50g, roughly chopped
  • wood sorrel (optional)
  • sea salt flakes

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Toss together the beetroots, oil, pepper and 1 tsp of salt, and put on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 45 minutes-1 hour or until tender, depending on the size and maturity of the beets. To check if they’re ready, poke one with a small knife – if it slides in easily, it’s ready. If not, put back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until tender.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, make the glaze. Pour the beetroot juice, vinegar and sugar into a small pan and reduce to a third, stirring regularly to keep it from burning or over-reducing. Remove from the heat.

  • Step 3

    Slice the onion into 4mm thick circles or julienne. Cover with the vinegar and 20ml of water. Set aside to pickle for at least 30 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Once the beets are cooked, leave to cool for 5-10 minutes. While wearing gloves, the skin should easily peel off by rubbing away – use a disposable cloth, napkin or kitchen paper to ease the process. Cut into quarters.

  • Step 5

    Tip the beetroots into the pan with the glaze. Stir together until warm and coated. Smear a quarter of the goat’s curd on a serving dish and top with the warm beetroots and glaze. Garnish with the pickled red onions, sliced fresh figs, chopped smoked almonds and some tart wood sorrel, if using. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes and a crack of pepper. This salad can be served hot or cold.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 404
  • Fat 24.2g
  • Saturates 10g
  • Carbs 29.5g
  • Sugars 28.5g
  • Fibre 4.8g
  • Protein 14.6g
  • Salt 2.2g
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