Recipe Difficulty: Medium, Easier Option!
About My Rainbow Veg Salad
This salad has a rainbow of colourful healthy vegetables. Instead of straight up boiled or roasted beets, I made my beet, walnut and brown rice veggie burger mixture, and rolled them into little meatballs. I couldn't resist! Perhaps these little beat balls are the best way to utilize the mixture anyway. The texture isn't meaty, they are more soft, delicate, and the taste is of sweet beet with a bit of smoky earthiness from the paprika & cumin. Somehow I just really love them. I like veggie mixtures that taste like vegetables, I'm not a vegan that necessarily wants things to taste like meat. (I enjoy some veggie bacon and the occasional ground round, but it's not my go to at all.)
Immediately when I made these I thought about the chopped veg salads that are ubiquitous in Switzerland. A rainbow of colourful vegetables, (typically straight up cooked beets are part of the equation.) and a sweet creamy dressing. So this is my spin on that salad. I added horseradish to the dressing because I love horseradish and it is good friends with beets. If you aren't a fan you can absolutely omit it. I didn't have any fresh herbs to add to my dressing but I'm confident subbing the horseradish with fresh chopped dill and parsley would be a welcome addition to the flavour profile of this salad. (Or add along with horseradish in the dressing...whatever you prefer.) Whatever dressing you decide on I do think some sweetness somehow balances everything.
What you use in your salad is up to you. Anything goes. Just keep it bright and fresh and have a good variety. I really wanted to add fresh sprouts, I just didn't have any at the time. I really do like the addition of toasted walnuts.
The following ingredients went into my rainbow salad:
Easier Option: If you don't want to make the beet balls, go ahead and take inspiration from the rest of the salad and just roast up some beets instead! It will be similar to the ones I've had many times in Switzerland.
Beet, Brown Rice & Walnut Balls
Yield: 30 beetballs
Creamy Horseradish Dressing
Yield: 2 cups dressing
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