By Janeen Ellsworth
What do you do with all that yummy juice that's left in your empty jar of pickled beets?
You don't waste it. You make salad dressing, of course!
I whipped up a batch of this yummy pink goodness last week and everyone in the family loved it over greens and fresh veggies--especially my five-year-old who NEVER eats salads.
Tip: It went really well with spicy arugula and a bit of feta cheese.
(*Wondering why I didn't pickle my own dang beets like a good Reductionist? Truth is, my daughter is on a beet kick. She can't get enough of 'em. When a picky kid magically and suddenly approves of a new and interesting food, we parents do a victory dance and keep feeding that new hunger. We've pickled a-plenty here, mostly my husband makes broccoli stem pickles. But our pickling spices are "too flavorful" for the girl's taste. So, jarred beets are a case of convenience, time, efficiency and kid nourishment winning over the DIY approach.)
Here's how to make my Sweet & Tangy Beet Juice Vinaigrette:
1 C olive oil
1/4 C vinegar (I like to do half apple cider vinegar + half white wine, but red wine vinegar or balsamic work great here, too)
2 T to 1/4 C leftover juice from that empty jar of pickled beets in the back of your fridge (adjust to taste; remember that stuff is usually super SWEET)
1 decent-sized clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp. stone ground or dijon mustard
A few sprigs of fresh parsley
Salt & pepper to taste
Use an immersion blender to mix well, and enjoy this sweet, tangy, pink gem over fresh greens:)
I'm Janeen; writer, mother, wife, and full-time, radical Reductionist. I share stupid-easy tips on how to save money while reducing your impact on the environment, & I'm committed to helping others live a life of simple sustainability.
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