Monday, 10 March 2014

Beet salad with red beans, arugula and kiwi

Guapo and guapa, two Spanish words - actually one word meaning nice, handsome (first masculine, second feminine) - which, while being in Spain, is hard not to hear. All children, girls and boys are called this way in different everyday situations, but not only them...A few days ago, while shopping at a nearby supermarket, I heard a young shop assistant working at a fish stand asking a client: ''¿que te pongo, guapo?'', which loosely translated  means: ''what can I do for you, handsome?''. Hearing this, I turned to look at this guapo and when I saw hunched, almost bald old man I smiled to myself and thought: this is so Spanish. It's very funny and enjoyable at the same time that such a completely unconscious, spontaneous, often mechanically used word can cause satisfaction,  encourage positive state of mind, and put a smile on our faces - I'm sure that not only it caused smile in my face but also put this older gentlemen into a good mood:).

Today's salad was created very spontaneously - as the Spanish word guapo is used - while checking the content of my fridge and cupboards, but fortunately it turned out to be a complete success, stimulating and fully satisfying my taste buds.

Ingredients (serves 1):

2 handfuls of arugula
2 beets (roasted or boiled)
50 g adzuki or pinto beans (weight of dry beans)
1 kiwi
3 walnuts


1 garlic clove
1 cm piece of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon tahini
pinch of salt



Put grated garlic and ginger to a small bowl. Add lemon juice, honey and tahini. Stir well and then add olive oil and salt. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens.

At the bottom of a plate or a bowl put washed and dried arugula. Dice the beets and kiwi into cubes. Add cooked beans, the sauce and mix well. Put the ingredients mixed with sauce on arugula and sprinkle with pieces of walnuts.

Enjoy !!!

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