Warm bacon, beetroot and pea salad

    50 min

    Warm salads are all the rage, and this gorgeous and unusual warm salad complements the sweetness of beetroots and peas with salty bacon, savoury feta cheese and the leafy crunch of red Swiss chard. This salad also easily lends itself to other seasonal veg like asparagus, courgettes and green beans. Beautiful melding of flavours and textures.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 beetroots, peeled and cut into 5mm cubes
    • 6 rashers bacon
    • 1 bunch red Swiss chard - leaves chopped and stems discarded
    • 150g fresh or frozen peas
    • 110g crumbled feta cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the beetroots into a saucepan with enough water to cover by 2.5cm; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the beetroots are easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes; transfer the bacon to a kitchen paper-lined plate to drain, reserving the bacon fat in the frying pan. Roughly chop the bacon and set aside.
    3. Add the drained beetroots and red Swiss chard to the reserved bacon drippings; cover the frying pan, place over medium heat, and cook until the chard is tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the chopped bacon and peas into the beetroot mixture; continue cooking until the peas are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the mixture; stir and serve hot.

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    This was A-MAZING! My husband and I bought some beets at the farmers market on Saturday and I had absolutely no idea what to do with them. The directions were incredibly easy to follow, which I was very thankful for. We made a few changes to the recipe: instead of the Swiss chard we used kale (because it's what we had) and we topped the salad with an over medium egg. It was so good! Seriously.So.Good. I was so excited about it that I totally forgot to add the feta, but I think it would just add more flavor. Thanks for posting this recipe! We already have plans to make it again next week!  -  17 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used veggie bacon strips. Fresh grown chard and home pickled beets. The beets were not soft and tasted great in this recipe. Thanks for an innovative one! I'd sneak in garlic next time cause I love chard with garlic. Oh! I forgot the cheese.....  -  20 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! After being a little over zealous at the farmers market and ending up with both beets and swiss chard (plus more) I was looking for something to use both. This recipe was perfect. I ended up using goat cheese instead of feta because I had some already. Really good!  -  03 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)