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Salads for a Holiday Dinner Part 1- Roasted Beets with Burrata and Pickled Onions

Salads for a Holiday Dinner Part 1- Roasted Beets with Burrata and Pickled Onions

By on Jan 1, 2013, 3:42 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 7 comments

Roasted Beets with Burrata and Pickled Onions

I heard a radio feature on NPR shortly before Thanksgiving where a gentleman shared the opinion that Thanksgiving dinner should not start with a salad. He also said there should be no appetizers (yikes!), but that’s for another time. Suffice it to say, I could not disagree with him more. We are salad eaters in my family. Holiday dinners always begin with salad, and this Christmas, there were two, because I just couldn’t make up my mind which I wanted.


I had been invited to a holiday party, not long before, at a fancy Beverly Hills hotel, where the meal opened with a Caprese Salad. As you may know, serving Caprese Salad (with hard pink tomatoes) in winter is a big pet peeve of mine! Even in southern California where our growing seasons are much longer than most places, tomatoes are never good enough to be showcased in a Caprese sald in December.


I did like their presentation, though- tomato slices stacked with a sort of quenelle of Burrata (the wonderful cream enhanced mozzarella) topping it. When one of my dining companions asked what I thought of the salad, I gave her my little rant about tomatoes in winter, and then out of my mouth popped the idea of doing it with roasted beets (so much better suited to a winter salad) for Christmas dinner. And I’m so glad of it. I served it as an overgrown amuse bouche  set at the table, before we went on to the second salad on the buffet. It’s a lovely presentation, and we all very much enjoyed it. Hope you will, too.


BTW, some folklore about beets-they’re considered an aphrodisiac- an “old wive’s tale” says that if a man and a woman eat from the same beet, they’ll fall in love. Beets were also favored by Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, as a means of maintaining her beauty. Finally, they are said to symboize love. Well, I can’t swear to any of that, but all of this suggests this little salad would make a great starter course at an intimate sit down wedding.

Recipe follows…



  1. What a brilliant idea, Gisele! Happy New Year — and thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!


    January 1, 2013

  2. YUM! what a great idea!


    January 2, 2013

  3. Yummy, this is something really great, loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂


    January 8, 2013

  4. the beets and burrata sounds perfect


    March 6, 2013

  5. These type of salads are perfect. The idea you have used to make salad is awesome. I’d love to eat this!

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    June 26, 2013

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