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Syrian beetroot salad with pomegranate molasses and sesame

This beautiful salad is fresh, colourful and zingy

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 1 hour

Serves: 4

Photo: Mowie Kay

    Pomegranate molasses, made by reducing and concentrating the juice of pomegranates, adds a delicious, slightly tart flavour to savoury stews and salad dressings. It’s available in most Middle Eastern stores, but comes in various densities, so the exact amount needed will depend on the thickness of your molasses. This salad will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

    Recipe taken from Hazana by Paola Gavin (Quadrille, £25)

     

    Method
    • Wash the beetroots well and trim the ends. Place in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil.
    • Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until tender, then drain and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel and slice.
    • Place in a salad bowl, together with the onion and parsley.
    • To make a dressing for the salad, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and pomegranate molasses in a small glass jar.
    • Season with salt and pepper and shake well. Pour over the beetroot and toss lightly, then garnish with sesame seeds and serve cold.

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