Recipe: Beet Salad with Wasabi and Fried Capers




I found this recipe over at The Wednesday Chef last week. I was doing my usual searching for recipes for random vegetables leftover from my CSA. I had a pile, a HUGE pile of beets, that were about to kick me in the head for ignoring them for at least a week. Every day I’d open the fridge door, beets would be staring back at me from the crisper, wondering when the heck I would figure out what to do with them. I always roast beets with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. After a quick peel, I’d pile them on the dinner plate and go to town. But I wanted to treat these beets right. After all, they’d sat around for over a week and deserved a little respect.

When I stumbled across this recipe, I knew the beets would be done justice. I love salty, briny capers and hot, hot horseradish. I love to make a creamy horseradish sauce to smother my medium-rare beef tenderloin on special occasions. However, when I opened my fridge to gather all the necessary ingredients, I discovered we had used up all the horseradish. Wait though, I did have a little Wasabi paste. Wasabi is made from horseradish, right? Perfect.

I simply served this on a large platter with two forks. My husband poured two glasses of Layer Cake Shiraz and we dug in. It was only a first course, but very filling. He hates many vegetables, but loved this dish.

Beet Salad with Wasabi and Fried Capers

Recipe Adapated from The Wednesday Chef


  • 1 1/2 pounds small beets, trimmed and scrubbed
  • Olive oil, for beets and frying capers
  • 1/4 cup of grape seed oil (I ran out of olive oil, and used grape seed)
  • 2 tablespoons salt-packed or brined capers
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Wasabi paste, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat plain yogurt (I didn't have sour cream)
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 if you use a convection oven). Place beets on half of a large piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Fold the foil and seal the edges. Lay package on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Roast until beets are tender, 45 to 60 minutes. (Test by poking a fork through the foil into a beet.) Remove from the oven. Be careful when opening the foil; steam will race out. While still warm, peel beets, then slice into wedges and place in a bowl.
  2. Soak salt-packed capers for 10 minutes, drain, rinse, then pat dry. (If using brined capers, drain and pat dry.) Pour 1/2 inch olive oil into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot enough to toast a bread crumb in 30 seconds, add capers. Be careful; oil may sputter. Fry until capers fluff and begin to brown on edges, 30 to 60 seconds. Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, wasabi paste and vinegar. Whisk in 1/4 cup oil, followed by sour cream. Pour half the dressing over beets; mix. Taste, adding more dressing or salt, if needed. Spoon on beets a platter and sprinkle with fried capers.

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  • I’m always looking at beets at the end of the week wondering what to do with them before my next CSA box arrives! I can’t wait to try this recipe, I love horseradish.

  • I love beets but never thought of adding capers. I’ll have to try it – sounds delicious!

  • Mindy

    Hmm… I’ve always been suspect of beets. Yes, I’ve heard they’re good for you – but I just start thinking borscht and it’s all over. BUT – this recipe has enticed me back to reconsider the beet, now I just have to get my boyfriend on the beet bandwagon…

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