- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
- 8 banana shallots, halved and sliced lengthways
- 6 beetroot (around 900g/2lb), peeled and cut into matchsticks
A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…
- 200g wild or oyster mushrooms
- 6 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar or honey
- 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
- few tarragon sprigs, leaves chopped
A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…
- small rye bread loaf, sliced and toasted
- ½ small pack dill, chopped, to serve
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in an ovenproof frying pan and add the shallots. Cook over a medium-low heat for 5-10 mins until the shallots start colouring a little.
Add the beetroot, season well and put the pan in the oven. Cook for 10 mins, then stir and return to the oven for another 10 mins until the shallots are golden and the beetroot is cooked through but still firm.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and fry the mushrooms until golden. Mix the vinegar, sugar, garlic and some seasoning together to make the dressing. Taste to ensure you have a good balance of sweet and sour flavours – it should also be quite garlicky.
When the beetroot is done, stir in the dressing and tarragon. Top the rye bread slices with some warm beetroot salad, the mushrooms and a scattering of dill.
To transportThis dish makes an ideal starter or canapé to bring to a party. It salad can be served warm or at room temperature, so if you’re taking it to a friend’s place, don’t bother reheating it. Pack the dressed beetroot and cooked mushrooms into two containers. Toast the bread when you arrive, then assemble.
Vary the recipeThis is my version of the salad. If you’re not keen on tarragon, replace it with any herb you really love. Similarly, you can substitute any good-quality vinegar, or even add lemon juice in place of the Sherry vinegar – just make sure the dressing is beautifully balanced.