This is a salad with some guts, some moxy, some pizazz, some attitude. It’s messy and put-together at the same time — that disheveled sort of sexy. It’s bright and earthy. It’s grounding and enlivening. It’s a zig-zag of winter-seasonal veg pepped up with citrus, tamari, coriander and hot chili pepper.
It might be the best thing I’ve made all Winter. A beet salad that’s sweet, tangy, spicy, crunchy and filling? YES.
And it takes under 30 minutes!
This warm, roasted red cabbage and beet salad makes an amazing weeknight meal. Yeah, the kind of weeknight meal that makes you do praise-hands and yell “oh hot damn I AM A QUEEN.”
It’s that good.
And it’s goddam pretty even all piled up and eaten right off of the pan.
I threw this meal together at the end of February as a last ditch effort to use up the remaining vegetables in my crisper drawer: beets and purple cabbage.
I love to keeps beets and purple cabbage around because they roast up so beautifully, and I can always rely on them to be both flavorful and filling. They’ve saved me from having to make a last-minute grocery run more than a few times, since I generally plan to use my storage vegetables after all of the more tender veg has been inhaled.
In this recipe, the beets are tossed with lime juice, coriander and pepper. The cabbage is drizzled with tamari, maple and chili flakes. Both get a hit of toasted sesame oil. And then they roast until they’re tender and sweet.
The beets and cabbage are amazing as-is. But I decided to make a salad out of the combination by throwing together the cabbage and beets with chickpeas, watercress, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, more lime juice and a drizzle of sunflower seed butter.
I like to eat my serving of this salad with a lot more watercress than pictured (I just love watercress!). And sometimes I go for peanut butter instead of sunflower butter. Both are delicious.
This recipe was inspired by Floating Kitchen’s roasted cabbage wedges and Laura’s use of citrus in her new book The First Mess Cookbook. So shout out to those two amazing ladies for being top notch humans!