It will be an affair to remember.Gather Journal Lovers Beet Salad
Beets, with their deep garnet hue and flesh that leaves an inky trail, are, as vegetables go, pretty sexy. Appearances are not deceiving: they contain boron, a mineral that boosts sex hormones. No wonder then that ancient Romans thought their juice affected their juices, and that there is a folklore that eating from the same beetroot will cause two people to fall in love. A sense of longing you will feel for our beet salad with horseradish-tinged dressing and fried capers.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place beets on aluminum foil, drizzle with 1 tsp oil, then fold and seal to make a packet. Put on a baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 1 hour. Open packet and let beets cool slightly until cool enough to handle.
In a bowl, whisk together lemon juice, horseradish, Dijon, and ½ cup oil. Season with salt and pepper. Peel beets and cut into halves or quarters. Toss with vinaigrette.
Heat remaining ¼ cup oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Pat capers dry. When oil is hot, not smoking, add capers and fry until crispy, about 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Fry sunflower seeds until golden. Drain alongside capers.
Serve beets with crème fraîche, extra dressing, capers, sunflower seeds, and chives.