I made this salad last week, but with Kevin's son Dylan visiting from Job Corps and Jessi being on leave as well, I had a FULL house. Sadly my posting duties suffered.
Kevin wasn't feeling well on Wednesday and of course the mother in me came out full force. I mean I had a full house of kids so I just kind of lumped him into the group. I was asking all the "Mom" questions.....What did you eat today?.....Did you drink enough water.......Are you running a temperature, let me feel your forehead. He quietly put up with all of my poking and prodding and then turned to me straight faced and said very matter of factly, "I think it is because I need RED MEAT!". I laughed, but realized I have been cooking a lot of chicken, I mean a LOT of chicken. Like I have said in the past, I could eat chicken and fish and leave red meat pretty much on the road side holding a side that says "Homeless, need a job".
Non the less, I felt guilty neglecting his needs, so off I went to the store to get a steak to calm his inner beast. We have a local meat market and I can tell you that once I found that I will never get steak at a chain grocery store again! Their meat it so much more flavorful it makes me actually want to eat steak (I am more of a filet girl if I eat read meat.....ya I am pricey).
Have I mentioned that Kevin is a "purist" when it comes to a lot of things? His steak is one of those things. Oh I have made chimichurris in the past, and he has eaten them, and LIKED them
( like this one for instance Rib Eye Steaks with Chimichurri and Chili Pilaf ). But given a choice he will tell you that he prefers a bit of salt and pepper and toss that meat on the grill! So I knew no fancy stuff for this meal, at least NOT for the meat. I began searching my pantry and came upon my jar of pickled beets, yesssssssss. I had mentioned this salad last weekend and then never got around to making it, so this was my perfect opportunity.
I was so excited to find out Kevin likes beets. My kids turn their noses up at them so I really haven't had beets since I was a kid, you know like 10 years ago or so hehehe. Now that I know he likes them I have visions of roasted beets playing in my head.
Kevin's son Dylan was not so sold on the whole beets thing. He was in the kitchen and I hear a voice..
Dylan - What's in this bowl?
Me - Salad
Dylan - Whats' in the salad....it's ummmm PINK
Kevin - JUST EAT IT!
Dylan - WOW this is pretty good
Bless his heart! Ms Picky Pants wouldn't even try it *sigh* I tried to explain that she was in culinary now and needed to broaden her horizons. Her response? That's what a sous chef is for! Oy Vey!!
Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta
1 bag of hearts of romaine lettuce
1 (12-ounce) jar of pickled beets
2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
4 radishes, chopped
2 rib of celery, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the walnuts about 3 to 4 minutes.
In a large bowl combine lettuce, onions, radishes, celery, and beets.
In a small bowl whisk the raspberry preserves, vinegar, and oil. Dress the salad with the raspberry preserve vinaigrette. Top with feta cheese and walnuts, and toss.
Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.