Beetroot, Goat's Curd, Hazelnut & Dill Pearled Spelt Salad
- 1.5 kg beetroot
- 250 g pearled spelt
- 150 ml raspberry vinegar
- juice of 2 lemons
- 4 tbsp hazelnuts skin on
- 1 tsp wild dill pollen optional
- 200 g seasonal salad leaves with edible flowers
- 300 g goat’s curd crumbled
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
- Scrub the beetroot and trim off any gnarly bits. Put the beetroot in a roasting tin and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the beetroot. Season generously with salt and pepper, then cover the tin with kitchen foil, sealing it tightly around the edges. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes for small beetroots and 40 minutes for really large ones.
- Remove the tin from the oven and, using oven mitts, carefully lift the foil, keeping your hands and face away from the steam. Turn the beetroot over so that they cook evenly, then re-cover and cook for a further 20 or 40 minutes, as above, until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook the pearled spelt in boiling water for 20 minutes, or until tender, following the packet instructions. Drain.
- Remove the beetroot from the oven and leave to cool slightly, then drain off the cooking liquid. Peel off the skins while still warm. Cut the beetroot into quarters and put in a bowl. Pour over the raspberry vinegar and lemon juice to taste, then leave to one side. The beetroot is added last so that the dish doesn’t turn entirely pink.
- Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for a few minutes until golden and fragrant. Roll the nuts in a clean tea towel to remove the skins. Season with a little salt and crush into pieces.
- Scatter the cooked spelt on a large serving plate and sprinkle with the wild dill pollen. Lift the beetroot out of the raspberry vinegar using a slotted spoon and put on top of the spelt, then scatter with the salad leaves, goat’s curd and hazelnuts. Drizzle the vinegar over the top, if you like, or serve separately.
Recipe taken from Spelt by Roger Saul ©Nourish Books 2015, Hardback £16.99, commissioned photography by Lara Holmes.