Flavour Pairing: Tangy Dill Walnut Beet Salad + Colourful Things in California

beet salad bite

In the past month, in the midst of my job search, I went on a few mini trips for the purpose of pleasure and to visit friends and family (previously mentioned here). It had been many years since I’d seen my sister and even longer since I’d been on the State side of the Pacific, what with the whole living in Asia thing. In fact, the last time I’d been to the west coast was for my sissy’s wedding to her fabulous wife 5 years ago. It was a lovely trip full of fish tacos, kitties and pretty nature.

The Ladies of Hanukah: Bee, sissy, mum and me. Thanks to Erika for the photo!

While wandering, I took a few (hundred) photos of those pretty natural things. Here are some of my favorites:

Green and yellow treesCA treeCA tree detailCA thornsCA mossNorthern CA landscape

4 trees in profile

ColourfulCA moss 2.

Beets are also colourful. And flavourful.

beet salad 

This recipe has converted a few beet haters I know. Beets pair astonishingly well with dill, which has been a traditional gastronomic practice in many European cuisines in various forms. Borscht in Eastern Europe and salads in Italy. With the aid of lemon and Dijon, this salad is an exemplary archetype of freshness. The walnuts add texture and creaminess. Do make. Do eat. Do enjoy.

beet salad 2

Tangy Dill Walnut Beet Salad


  • 3 large beets, peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 cup ( ½ a bunch) of chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp of diced red onion
  • 2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ -2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp walnuts, crushed (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Place the peeled cubes of beets in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 25-30 minutes. To check if they’re fully cooked, poke a large piece with a fork. Like a potato, it should be soft when done. Do not overcook, or you’ll have beet mash.

Drain and rinse the beets in a colander and place in a large bowl when fully drained.

Add all other ingredients and mix well.


Replace mayonnaise with goat’s cheese for a saltier, less emulsified creaminess.

7 thoughts on “Flavour Pairing: Tangy Dill Walnut Beet Salad + Colourful Things in California

  1. Sharifa Karen Krongold January 20, 2013 / 3:47 AM

    Dear T-n-T

    I made the cumin garlic rosemary sweet potato fries. Delish!!! Thank you so much!!

    As I often ponder my cooking, I think I’ll add more cumin and rosemary next time. I think I am a heavy spicin’ chick, or perhaps my sweet potatoes were extra strong flavored. The produce folks called them “yams”. I looked up the difference b/c I thought – “oh, maybe I needed more spices b/c I used yams & Habiba used sweet potatoes.” Here’s what I found: http://www.bonappetit.com/tipstools/tips/2008/11/difference_between_sweet_potato_and_yam

    I love beets and was also inspired by your recipe for the salad. I think I’ll plant some dill.

    YOU ROCK darling, love, sharifa



    • Turmeric and Twine January 20, 2013 / 2:36 PM

      Awesome, Shareefs! Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know about it! I’m glad they turned out well! I, too, am a spice/flavour lover, but since many people are sensitive to spices, I try to moderate my recipes somewhat. Luckily, spices can be added according to individual taste preference, so if you wanna rock out with extra spices next time, do it!


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