This was another one of those inspirations while standing on line at the grocery store things.  I saw the photo in this month’s Everyday Food.  When my store keeps me waiting, I like to stick it to them by reading as many magazines as I can for free, while I languish in line.  I never said I wasn’t petty.

This stunning salad is a work of art.  Grab the nearest platter to get started.  Lay out a base of heirloom tomatoes in green, purple, orange and red.  Tuck in purple and yellow beets, carefully placing contrasting colors next to each other.  Scatter halved cherry tomatoes across the surface and hit the whole canvas with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Then accent with some leafy greens, either parsley, mint, or basil.  Highlight with a shower of brilliant white feta, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and fruity vinegar.

Roast your beets in the cool of the morning.  I washed them, and put them on a baking sheet whole.  I roasted mine at 400 for about an hour, to an hour and a half, but it could be longer depending on how big your beets are, mine were on the small side.  They’re done when a sharp knife pierces them easily.

Let them cool, then peel and slice.  The beets add a nice heartiness to the salad.

Don’t forget to stand back and admire your creation!

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21 Responses to The Art of the Summer Salad: Tomato and Beets

  1. I can’t tell you how beautiful and delicious this looks to me. LOVE beets!

  2. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook says:

    I love the beets with the cheese. Super combination. And those tomatoes, just a perfect salad. So pretty, too!

  3. Sue, this salad looks delicious! It must be so nice being in CA and having access to so many nice fresh fruits and veggies! I can’t wait to make this with some of our local New England ingredients!

    Love the nectarine hand pies! I love fruit desserts, and I can’t wait to make them!

    I’m now following you on FB and I’d love to win one of your give aways . . . or two . . . he, he, he! Have a great weekend!

    Mary

  4. Mary says:

    Gorgeous and I’ll wager it was as tasty as it is beautiful. I love all those colors. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  5. Dom at Belleau Kitchen says:

    Look at that salad! I do love all the heirloom tons available in the states. We have very few different colours of toms, unless you grow them yourself. You do get one or two for one month in the summer but I live them. Your salad looks and sounds amazing. Btw it seems you’ve fixed the pinterest issue. X

  6. Linda L. says:

    Magnificent salad – love the colours. I also let the store reimburse me for my time by reading their mags for free. It’s not petty but a reasonable exchange of valuable commodities!!

  7. Eileen says:

    Oh man, look at all those beautiful colors! I can’t wait until the heirloom tomatoes are out at our farmer’s market…

  8. Ellen B Cookery says:

    I love all the colours. Looks wonderfully delicious!

  9. Haha, the funny thing is I actually do that for real, I rifle through as many as I possibly can !!

  10. Kate says:

    Sue… you always give me food envy with those fabulous photos and inspiring ideas, but today’s poetic post seasoned with that tart first paragraph punchline about being petty is a riot! Soooooooo.. funny!

  11. The beet salad looks amazing!
    I love beets and feta together…

  12. Mary says:

    What a gorgeous salad!! Even as a non-beet-lover, I still am in awe.

  13. Janice says:

    That is such a pretty salad, love it.

  14. Rose says:

    YUMMY! I could live on tomatoes and feta cheese in the summer. Add a slice of crusty rye bread and I’m in heaven!

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