Baby Beet Salad with Sugar Snap Peas


One measure of a healthy menu is a palette of colors. Salads don't get much more colorful than this one, which features yellow and red baby beets and sugar snap peas lightly tossed in vinaigrette.


For the Salad

  • 8 red baby beets (about 10 ounces)

  • 8 yellow baby beets (about 10 ounces)

  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon thyme

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup pea shoots

  • Pea flowers, for garnish (optional)

For the Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (1 cup)

  • ½ teaspoon lemon thyme

  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Make the salad: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap red beets in parchment, then in foil. Repeat with yellow beets. Bake until tender, 60 to 65 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel, and halve (or quarter larger beets). Place red and yellow beets in separate bowls.

  2. Add peas to bowl with yellow beets. Sprinkle red and yellow beets with the thyme, salt, and pepper.

  3. Make the dressing: Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Stir in thyme and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, and puree. Add water, salt, pepper, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Puree until smooth. (Dressing should be thick.)

  4. Toss 1/2 of the dressing with the red beets and 1/2 with the yellow beet mixture. Combine beets, and gently toss with shoots. Garnish with pea flowers if desired, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Sugar snap peas, a cross between English peas and snow peas, are sweetest immediately after harvest. Pea shoots are baby pea plant tendrils. The freshest samples are found at farmers' markets.

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