French Fridays with Dorie: Lime honey beet salad

It’s a testament to how busy I have been in the past couple of weeks that I can barely remember making, photographing and eating this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Lime Honey Beet Salad, p 121). I have a vague recollection of roasting beets very late one evening and peeling them very early the next morning. Later that day, I made the salad dressing and obviously took the photo below…

I do remember dressing the beets and letting the salad sit, as per Dorie’s instructions, in the fridge for at least a couple of hours (yes, for once I read the recipe properly!).  Somehow I seem to have taken the other photos later on but I have absolutely no memory of that!

Whilst I can’t remember when I ate this or with what (a baguette and cheese maybe?), what I DO remember is the taste of this – I was skeptical of the lime and honey working but it was a tangy and fresh vinaigrette that worked so well with the earthy beets.  I didn’t use the dill (most likely I didn’t remember to buy any and was already in the middle of the vinaigrette when I realised this) but I don’t think it needed it. I did add quite a bit of lime zest and some extra chives as you can see.

This one I marked: “to make again”.  I generally have a hard time with beets – memories of Nana’s canned beets tainted my taste for them for many years – but apparently this is a salad I would eat again. And, you know –  if I can sleep-cook-photograph-eat this, anyone can make this 😉

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33 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Lime honey beet salad

  1. Dessert By Candy June 15, 2012 at 07:35 #

    I remember first seeing your photo at the FBC newsletter and that was how I was reminded to make this dish. So obviously somewhere there you posted your photo to the 365. 🙂 Seems like you had a tremendously busy week but I for one am grateful to enjoy some of your work! Super excited about the upcoming conference in Canada!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 15, 2012 at 07:45 #

      Oh yeah -looking at the date on that pic, I made them over 2 weeks ago! No wonder I can’t remember!

  2. Mr. Neil June 15, 2012 at 07:39 #

    We did, indeed, have this with a baguette and some beautifully runny French cheeses on a very hot Saturday afternoon… 🙂

    The dressing was a nice blend, and I personally love beets. These were just nicely baked, so as to still have some al dente crunch to them.

    At the time, I paired this with a glass of pear cider. My thinking was that the slight exotic fruit notes (though still technically a dry cider) would work well with the acid. Pleased to say – it did!

  3. Cher June 15, 2012 at 07:40 #

    I went sans dill & extra chives as well. Great minds…
    I guess I must still be tainted from the canned beets of my childhood, because I still don’t like beets 🙂
    Lovely presentation.

  4. Alice June 15, 2012 at 07:53 #

    I pretty much feel the same about beets as you! 🙂 I dont hate them but I really dont eat them either… I can’t remember the last time I even had a bite of one – so it’s been quite awhile! Isn’t it funny when you run across food photos you can’t remember taking? That’s happened to me once or twice!

  5. Lola June 15, 2012 at 10:29 #

    Looks good!

  6. Choclette June 15, 2012 at 11:18 #

    Now that not only sounds delicious, but looks delicious too – something that’s quite hard to do with beetroot.

  7. Nana June 15, 2012 at 11:19 #

    Lovely presentation, looks so delicious. Next time I will eliminate the dill, but the salad was good.
    Happy weekend.

  8. Rose June 15, 2012 at 15:57 #

    My goodness, sounds like it’s been a busy week! I don’t particularly like dill so I didn’t use it either. I added in more chives as a substitute and found the salad to be quite tasty. Like you I was a bit sceptical of the honey-lime combo with beets, but it really did work. We too will be making this one again.

  9. Joy June 15, 2012 at 16:43 #

    The beets look great.

  10. Betsy June 15, 2012 at 21:39 #

    I really like mustard with my beets, so I wasn’t sure how this would work out, but I loved the zesty lime. I used thyme instead of dill. If I’d had some, I would have tried cilantro to go with the lime for a Mexican twist. Hope things calm down.

  11. Liz June 16, 2012 at 08:47 #

    We just got back from our trip to France on Thursday so I didn’t get this made in time to post….but think it will be a replacement for next week’s sables 🙂 Had a marvelous time despite the cool weather…and was lucky enough to meet up with Jill. She’s a doll! I bet you’re getting excited for your trip~

  12. Frankly Entertaining June 16, 2012 at 09:34 #

    I thought this was great. Maybe the reason I procrastinate my cooking is so that I won’t forget what I’ve made! One of the bonuses of waiting until the last minute!

  13. Elin June 17, 2012 at 03:16 #

    I loved it! Great flavors and a good side for my pan seared salmon 🙂 Great presentation !

  14. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 17, 2012 at 04:33 #

    I love beets and this salad is a winner for me! The photos make me want some salad tomorrow.

  15. The Mistress of Spices June 17, 2012 at 10:32 #

    Oh man, I miss beets! Very hard to come by here in Thailand. And I really need to try to come back to FFWD at least from time to time!

  16. bonetta June 17, 2012 at 16:17 #

    ok this one I have to make………… it looks amazing… just like you!!!!!!!


  17. FreeSpiritEater June 19, 2012 at 23:06 #

    Love this combination of flavors with beets. Wow, looks great too! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 21, 2012 at 15:40 #

    I discovered that I love beets last year when we started getting lots of them from our CSA. Before my only beet experiences had been pickled beets and eggs, which I never cared for much when I was younger. So… I am dying to try this salad. I also love that it’s not topped with feta or any other soft cheese that I currently can’t eat. I will pick up some more beets at the farmers’ market next week to give this one a try!

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