You all know by now that I love vinaigrettes, and I always make them with different ingredients. To me, it’s really fun to mix and match seasonal ingredients and flavors in pairing a salad with a vinaigrette.
Whenever I purchase canned beets, which happens when I run out of my own pickled beets, I always save the beet juice. That’s just a rule. I typically pour it, strained if necessary, into a little pot and reduce it to a syrup-like consistency. Then, it can be added to any basic vinaigrette for that beautiful beet color and earthy flavor.
But today I simply added an equal amount of white wine (red or champagne would have worked as well) to the beet juice and reduced the liquid to a syrup.
Then I poured it into a jar.
I added about 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup vinegar, in this case red wine vinegar, plus a little salt, and shook the jar. I prefer a more emulsified look of the vinaigrette because of the resulting red color.
Of course, you can get more involved with the vinaigrette and add garlic, cloves, mustard, and so forth, but I like the simplicity of the reduced beet juice in a simple vinaigrette such as this.
My salad was one of those use-what-you have salads which, besides lettuce, included sliced beets, mushrooms, carrots, sprouts, and toasted pumpkin seeds. I used a little bacon and some soft-boiled eggs for protein, as my avocados weren’t behaving properly. And I’d recently picked up a pomegranate, so I decided that the pomegranate seeds would be wonderful with the beet-based vinaigrette.
And it was delicious. I encourage you to save every little bit of everything and use it in a vinaigrette! It always works!
This beet vinaigrette would be fabulous with all types of protein, including salmon, avocados, beef, duck and chicken. It pairs beautifully with walnuts, pecans, pine nuts and sunflower seeds.
You are so creative with your salad dressings, I should follow your example. For some reason I am super lazy and resort to bottled dressing more often than I care to admit…. (let’s keep it a secret… ;-)
I’m sure there are better ones out there than Good Seasons Italian, but I just enjoy making them! Your secret is safe with me!
Looks absolutely divine! It’s so easy and soooo much better to make your own!
Beautiful salad! I love your vinaigrette. My hubby would throw me out if I served him anything beets though.
Oh don’t I know. My husband doesn’t like beets. And he’s never tasted one.
Very creative, Mimi, and nice photography. My vinaigrettes are very boring, so this is inspiring!
I’m sure that nothing you create is boring. I just like playing with flavors. And when I cooked for a family for so many years, I never wanted to make the same vinaigrette or salad twice, so that got me more creative in the kitchen!
OMG, I LOVE this Mimi! The last couple years I’ve been making a beet vinaigrette with a bit of the water left over after cooking our garden beets, so delicious. And when I saw you add pomegranate seeds I needed to share that my favorite vinegar for beet vinaigrette is a pomegranate vinegar I get at Trader Joe’s, I love the flavor combination of beet and pomegranate…thinking you might like to try it sometime, well, if you haven’t already. Beautiful photos…magazine cover worthy!
Thanks so much! I definitely need to go to a trader Joe’s. Pomegranate vinegar sounds fabulous!!
I love these vinaigrette. There’s nothing better than seasonal fruit to flavor your salads. Brilliant.
Love beets in any way shape or form. This sounds delicious,mthanks Mimi
You are so welcome!!!
That vinaigrette sounds wonderful but my jaw was dropping as I kept reading everything you put into that salad. marvelous!
I just love playing with salads! And vinaigrettes!
Such a clever idea. Wonderful looking salad!
What a great idea!!!
You seem to be able to come up with an endless number of salad dressing! I wish I was so creative, Mimi! This sounds wonderful!!! :-)
It’s probably because I cooked for a family for so many years, and always wanted to make something even as simple as a vinaigrette different.
I’m not sure why, but I have never been able to really enjoy the taste of beets… BUT, I am going to take your suggestions and try to make a beet vinaigrette. It looks good> Sue
You could do the same thing with pomegranate, cranberry, or cherry juice! At least you’ll enjoy the flavor better!
Your post is timed perfectly!! I have some leftover beet juice in my fridge, just calling out to be made into a vinaigrette! Thanks for this! :D
Oh good! That’s great!
You made salad look terribly appetizing. That vinaigrette looks wonderful!