Winter Micro Green Salad with Spicy-Sweet Dressing

Oh the doldrums of winter have been broken by this bright and flavorful salad.  The ingredients were sourced locally from a grocer that maintains hoop houses throughout the winter.  This allows us to have beautiful micro greens on which to place our gorgeous Chioggia Beets, and dug out of the ground that day Carrots (I watched them do this – so I know it’s true!). 

According to my Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog the Chioggia beet is: A pre-1840 Italian heirloom beet, this variety arrived in the USA prior to 1865.  They have light red skin and beautiful rings inside, like red and white candy stripes.  The flesh is very tender, mild, and sweet.  Named after a fishing town in Italy. 

I was lucky enough to spend a few days in San Diego where I was reminded how easy it use to be to find fantastic produce.  I have to look a little further nowadays but it is truly worth the effort and cost.  Our grocery budget is by far our biggest expense.  That’s ok.  I’d rather spend more on real food than less on the fake stuff. 

WINTER MICRO GREEN SALAD (serves 2 as a side)

Winter Micro Green Salad with Spicy Dressing


  • 2 tablespoons shallots – thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • ¼ teaspoon chili garlic sauce – this is the spicy part and is optional
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds – toasted
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oil – olive, veggie, etc


  • 2 small handfuls micro greens
  • 1 small beet – julienne
  • 1 large carrot – julienne


In a small bowl combine all dressing ingredients, stir, set aside.  On two small plates equally divide micro greens, beets, and carrots.  Then dress the salads to your liking and enjoy! 

  • Posted on   02/16/10 at 11:03:56 AM   by Emily  | 
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Tagged with vegetarian, salad, winter salad, micro greens, honey, homemade dressing

Reader Comments (5)

Maryellen 02/21/10 03:17:41 AM

looks so good! love the pic

Emily 02/21/10 05:02:30 PM

Thank you so much! It was pretty tasty! Especially considering it is the dead of winter and I haven't seen a good tomato for my salads in a very long time. Who needs tomatoes when you have some beautiful beets?!

Thanks, Emily Just Eat Food

Joie 03/12/10 10:43:14 PM

It's good to be back on your site! I even remembered my password, I'm so impressed with myself! :) This salad looks so colorful and wonderful.

Emily 03/15/10 04:34:31 PM

I'm thrilled to have you on my site! That is incredibly impressive that you remembered your password. That is no easy feat!

Best, Emily

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