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Fend off the bad weather with a Swedish beetroot salad

Fend off the bad weather with a Swedish beetroot salad
Beetroot salad with cumin and feta. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food
It's easy to let the rain get to you when it arrives out of nowhere in the Swedish summer, and there's no better pick me up than a hearty meal that's both colourful and tasty. Food writer John Duxbury's recipe for beetroot salad with cumin and feta ticks all the boxes.


Makes: Two portions as a side salad

Time: 10 minutes (including five minutes cooking)

Level: Very easy


125g (5 oz) peeled raw beetroot (3 or 4 small roots)

1 tsp butter

1 tbsp virgin olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 unwaxed lemon, zest and juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

100 g (4 oz) feta cheese, crumbled into chunks

1 tbsp freshly chopped herbs, such as mint, parsley or dill


1. Peel the beetroots and finely grate in a food processor. (If you are grating them by hand take care as the juice can splash and stain clothing.)

2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a saucepan until the butter froths. Add the cumin and sesame seeds and cook gently for two minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the grated beetroot and turn the heat to low. Continue heating for 2 or 3 minutes stirring thoroughly.

4. Now turn off the heat and add the lemon zest and juice and then season with salt and black pepper.

5. Stir in half of the feta cheese.

6. Transfer to a serving dish or place on top of some toast.

7. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the herbs. (This salad is best when still warm, but it doesn’t need to be hot.)

This recipe was originally published on food writer John Duxbury’s Swedish Food website.