Baked Potato with Sweet Chilli Beetroot, Feta & Mint Salad | Living North

Baked Potato with Sweet Chilli Beetroot, Feta & Mint Salad


Baked Potato with Sweet Chilli Beetroot, Feta & Mint Salad

4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed & pricked with a fork
Butter (optional)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
1 tsp caster sugar 
Small bunch fresh mint, leaves chopped roughly
Salt & freshly ground black pepper 
2 tbsp pine nuts
2 packs sweet chilli infused beetroot, cut into 1cm cubes
1 small red onion, finely sliced 
A handful of black olives 
300g feta cheese, cut into 1cm cubes

A perfectly satisfying lunch

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: around 1½ hours, depending on the size of the potatoes

Preheat the oven to 200C. Put the potatoes in the oven, directly on the shelf, and bake for 1 ¼ - 1 ½ hours until soft when pierced with a skewer. Alternatively, part cook in a microwave on high for 10-15 minutes, then put in the oven to finish baking, reducing the cooking time accordingly. 

Make the salad by whisking together the olive oil, red wine vinegar and caster sugar in a large bowl. Stir through the mint and season to taste with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until golden brown. Add to the salad dressing, along with the beetroot, onion and black olives, if using. Set aside for the flavours to mingle.

Just before you are ready to eat, stir the feta cheese through the salad. Open up each baked potato and fluff up the inside a little with a fork, adding a little butter if you like. Spoon the salad into each potato and serve immediately.

Published in: February 2015

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