Saturday, July 14, 2012

Garden Fresh: Beets with Dill and Walnuts

My garden is coming along nicely.  I didn't plant beets so I relied on our Farmer's Market to get these fresh beets as well as some fresh dill.

I thought a healthy, cool beet salad would be a good dish to try during this heat wave we are having here in New England.  Here is the recipe I used from My Recipes.

Gadget used: Stove Top pressure cooker by Fagor


  • 2 pounds beets (about 6)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts


  1. 1. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a 6-quart pressure cooker; add 2 1/2 cups water. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure; cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 6 minutes. Release pressure through steam vent, or place cooker under cold running water to release pressure. Remove lid. Drain and rinse beets with cold water. Drain; cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Cut beets in half vertically; cut each half into 4 wedges. Place in a medium bowl.
  2. 2. Combine vinegar and next 5 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk until well combined. Toss oil mixture with beets; let stand 15 minutes, tossing gently occasionally. Stir in dill. Top with walnuts just before serving.

Ingredients & pressure cooker.

Step 2 of recipe instructions.

Pressure cooked & peeled beets.

Adding the dressing.

Adding the walnuts. I left them whole, I like walnuts!

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