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Chia Balsamic Beetroot Salad

Read above between the pictures about the cooking time, it doesn't take to long to assemble or prepare, oven takes 30 minutes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author splashofflavours

Ingredients

In preheated oven at 180 C for 30 minutes

  • 1 Big beetroot - diced
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed Himalayan salt
  • Pinch of brown sugar

Other ingredients for salad and topping

  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Desired quantity of salad leaves as per choice
  • 1 Fresh mozzarella cheese ( can also use paneer, Indian cottage cheese) - crumbled

Salad Chia dressing - blitz in a blender for few minutes

  • 1 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 Cup greek yogurt
  • 12 Washed and fresh mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper as seasoning per taste
  • Some lemon zest

Instructions

In preheated oven at 180 C for 30 minutes

  1. Mix beetroot + Himalayan salt + pinch of brown sugar + balsamic vinegar and put it in a baking tray and let it sit in the oven for 30 minutes.

  2. In mean while, prepare the dressing and wash the salad, lay the salad leaves on a kitchen towel and cover it with another towel on top , if required use a paper towel too to dry the salad if it is still wet before assembling the salad.

    Toast the pumpkin and sesame seeds and keep it aside.

    Blitz all the ingredients ( chia seeds + greek yogurt + black pepper + salt + lemon zest + mint leaves ) in a blender until chia seeds are mixed well or forms a thick consistency. Prepare the dressing and keep it in the refrigerator

  3. After the 30 minutes, take the beetroot tray out of the oven, use a spoon or a fork to stir it in the same tray, beetroot can become little dry, by stirring it in the same bowl, it will absorb the extra juice from the baking tray and coat well. 

    Now assemble the salad - take a bowl , add salad leaves , beetroot , dressing and toasted sesame + pumpkin seeds and serve with some bread or just salad

Recipe Notes

You could also add some extra virgin olive oil at the time of serving, it's a personal choice, I didn't do it.

Add more salt and black pepper seasoning if required before serving