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Beets, Pomegranates and Carrot Layered Salad with Champagne Simple Syrup Vinaigrette


I was tasked on preparing a beet salad and jeweled Persian rice for my mom’s Thanksgiving party.  I will share the jeweled rice on another post…

My mom  said all I had to do for the beet salad is combine cooked  beets  and pomegranates and top them with walnuts, lemon juice and olive oil.  This is a common appetizer/salad at Armenian festivities.   She really did not want to trouble me too much.  But usually when someone does not want to trouble me is when I get the itch to get troubled.  Or maybe, I was just in the mood to try something a little different.  I decided to take the beet salad and make it very festive and have it scream holiday.  I started cooking the beets and grating them.  Then I decided to add carrots, but in raw form, grated again.  Then wanted to make a vinaigrette and got inspired by Thomas Keller’s Walnut Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe as my basis…

Since the beets can transfer color to the carrots, I decided to layer everything one by one.  Beets, dressing, hazelnuts, pomegranates, carrots, then start again…  But when I took a bite out of my scraps of remaining veggies,  I felt like something still was missing.  That is when I decided to make a simple syrup and pour it over my salad.  It did wonders to my salad and really combined and married all the flavors together.

Hope you enjoy! This will also be a great salad for a Christmas or any Winter festivity.


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  • http://frombatoparis.blogspot.com Frombuenosairestoparis

    Wowww!! What an explosion of colors and flavors !!!! I have to do some research: I have never seen champagne vinegar here…Is that possible???? I’m in France after all…but I don’t remember seeing that !!
    Thanks for the recipe !!!

  • tes

    That looks like a bowl of jewelries. It sounds so light and delicious :)

  • http://www.orangeblossomwater.net Dimah

    This sounds really great and your presentation is beautiful!

  • http://www.sweetsaltyspicy.net/ Charlie

    This salad sounds so delicious! And beautiful too :) .

  • http://bakingbarrister.com Bakingbarrister

    I would eat this in a second even though I’ve never encountered such a combination. I could see it being an amazing relish/chutney for fish or chicken as well. Good job for going above and beyond–you’ve got yourself something way more interesting.

  • Becky

    What a gorgeous salad. I love all of the different flavors and textures. If I made this, I would probably cut the recipe in half, for a smaller group. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/gigabiting Gigabiting

    Wow, is that a stunner!

  • http://www.tastemonials.net Judy

    This is gorgeous. It just might show up on my Christmas dinner table!

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/ Torviewtoronto

    delicious flavours looks wonderful

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    The colors in this dish are simply stupendous! I can only imagine how flavorful this must taste! I’m sure your mother was pleased. I love pomegranates and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

  • http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/ Amy

    Beautiful! All of that orange and red, this is not just a delicious salad, it is a gorgeous centerpiece!

  • Kate @ Diethood

    I love pomegranates! And beets! I’ll have to try this.


  • Briarrose

    What a beautiful and tasty salad. Love the vinaigrette.

  • http://realisticwedding.wordpress.com/ The Realistic Nutritionist

    This is SO PRETTY!!! Ah! you could use it as a centerpiece!

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    Love the layers. This salad looks so festive! The bowl looks so pretty bejelewed with all those red pomegranate seeds. I know it tastes good too! Very nice, Adelina.

  • http://everyoneisvegan.blogspot.com Ainslie

    this looks so impressive and sounds delicious! I’ve been obsessed with pomegranates lately, but am finally getting tired of eating them just by themselves. I’m totally making this salad!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks everyone for your beautiful comments…. In case you decide to make it, please note that it will make a good 18 to 24 side servings. As far as centerpiece… it definitely looked good on my mom’s thanksgiving table.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyWNHungry Kara Lawlor

    This is so beautiful! It looks so tasty too. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut


    This salad looks so festive and grand in its crystal bowl! I love the idea of adding champagne vinegar to the dressing!

  • Stksylva12


    This is a very nutritious salad full of antioxidants, great for cardiovascular health. the colors look stunning in the see through crystal bowl.

  • http://www.blackbookkitchendiaries.wordpress.com Blackbookkitchendiaries

    this looks so gorgeous!! i really love how pretty the colors are in here.. thanks for sharing this.have a nice day.

  • http://www.oilandbutter.com Rich

    That is a fantastic-looking dish! Wow, that’s more artful than just about anything I’ve ever done.

  • http://themomchef.blogspot.com The Mom Chef

    It sparkles of all things Christmas! I love it and I love it’s foundation in Armenian cooking. Beautiful.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Sylvia! I had not realized the added health benefits to the salad.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Hi Adelina, this salad looks glorious, very festive. I love pomegranates, they look like little jewels.

  • http://www.mothersmementos.com Rachel {Mother’s Mementos}

    Adelina – This is such a beautiful display of food! I love the colors. Thanks for befriending on Foodbuzz.

  • http://www.kemalandsheila.com sheila @ Elements

    How beautiful!! :) I’m not a big fan of beets, but seeing your photos makes me want to try this salad! It looks beautiful and enticing!! :)



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