I know that I may be in the minority here, but for some odd reason I have always liked beets. Even as a kid when I probably should have known better. But there it is, I guess we all have our odd tastes. What I have never liked, however, is preparing them. They seem to take ages to cook and then they dye my hands and everything else they touch so that the whole kitchen looks like a murder scene. Since moving to Germany I have occasionally eyed the readily available pre-cooked beets at my local market, but had not until now tried them. For some reason they always looked a bit suspicious to me, but heck, if Dorie and Julia endorse them, who the heck am I to quibble!
So, pre-cooked beets in hand, Dorie’s Chunky Beets & Icy Red Onions was one of the easiest French Fridays with Dorie recipes yet. It may have actually taken me longer to take the pictures than it did to actually put the salad together. This may be because I discovered that it is a bit tricky to photograph beets because they come out looking black instead of red, or at least mine did, but I digress. This is exactly the kind of food I love, substantial salads which can, as occasion demands, play either a supporting role or, with a little bit of sprucing up, the meal lead. All that and tasty too!