Easy to prepare and full of tasty, performance-boosting ingredients
Sweet, nutritious and very tasty, beetroot contains astonishing qualities for the athlete. As well as being packed with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, folic acid and iron, recent studies show that the nitrates in beetroot help the body use oxygen more efficiently, thereby boosting performance. It also adds a delicious vibrancy to this immune-boosting and colourful salad. A perfect starter or light main in its own right, served with a hunk of crusty wholegrain bread.
250g cooked beetroot
75g pack of watercress
50g shelled walnuts
100g feta cheese, crumbled
2-3 large navel oranges
1 tsp caraway seed, crushed with a pestle and mortar
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty wholegrain bread, optional
1. Peel the orange carefully with a knife and slice into discs. Slice the beetroot into discs.
2. Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 5. Toast the walnuts for 5mins.
3. Make the dressing by whisking together the caraway seeds, olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.
4. Arrange the watercress, orange and beetroot slices on a large plate and scatter over the feta. Spoon the dressing over the salad. Mop up the juices with crusty chunks of bread.