For my first Virtual Vegan Potluck I can’t wait to share a fun and fabulous recipe with you. perfect for the winter season!

‘Oh please, let me have some salad!’ may not be the first words you’d utter in the festive run up to Christmas. There’s chocolates and mince pies, home-made biscuits, party snacks and celebration lunches that need our full attention. And still, particularly during the season of sniffles and colds we all need food that re-vitalises us for the party season ahead.

Root Salad
This stunning beetroot salad is bursting with vibrant colours and flavours… a delight for your eyes and tastebuds as well as a welcome boost for your immune system.

I took the photo for the Didsbury Dinners Cookbook. The picture below just goes to show that food photographers don’t always get things right first time. I remember the shoot and trying out three different sets before I was happy. With the food processor in use, blood-coloured splatters on tiled walls and plates covered in beetroot juice all over the kitchen there was a distinct sense of drama unfurling. Luckily, it all turned out alright in the end! 🙂

Beetroot salad2


Root Vegetable Salad with ginger and orange

Serves 2-3 as a side salad

2 medium sized beetroots
2 medium sized carrots
celeriac (half the amount of the beetroots)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
small knob of fresh ginger
1 orange (plus extra segments for serving)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Peel and grate the beetroot, carrot and celeriac and place in a bowl.
Toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry pan until they ‘pop’, then add them to the root veg together with the parsley.
Peel and finely chop the ginger and stir into the salad. Add the juice and zest of the orange, taking care not to include any pith as this will add a bitter taste.
Mix together the oil and vinegar and pour over the salad.
Arrange on a plate with some orange segments.

Original recipe from Unicorn grocery store for Didsbury Dinners.
This post is part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck – an online party for vegan food lovers! Follow the links for more delicious plant-based food.

If you are inspired to check out Didsbury Dinners – a fabulous vegan cookbook – you can find out lots more and get a mouth-watering Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe by clicking here.

Lots of love,

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