Whipped Feta with Beetroot, Dill & Pistachios

Close up of a bowl of whipped feta piled up with cubed beetroot.

My marinated beetroot obsession continues today with this delicious, easy and very more-ish salad plate of Whipped Feta with Beetroot, Dill & Pistachios. A bit simpler and tangier than my Greek Beetroot Salad, my obsession with lining a plate with something cool and creamy before loading up with dip-able, scoop-able salad items (see also my Hummus, Tomato & Sumac Salad, and my Cucumber Raita Salad Plate) is continued with a salad plate that is as pretty as it is delicious.

Serve it simply with flatbreads as a lunch or before a meal, or alongside some grilled or barbecued meats. I think the skewers from my Homemade Chicken Gyros would work really well here, or a whole bream with nice, charred, crispy skin with a few lemons thrown into the cavity for good measure.

Dill and nuts scattered over a beetroot and feta salad.

For those of you who have made my Greek Beetroot Salad before, you’ll know where a lot of the vibes in this whipped feta with beetroot salad come from. It’s got the same tangy extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and date molasses (I always recommend Odysea brand – they gifted me a bottle years ago but now I bulk buy it #ad – indecently, I use their extra virgin olive oil and their sheep and goat milk feta in this recipe too) but with a bit more vinegar to cut through the richness of the whipped feta.

I usually buy Greek-style yogurt instead of authentic Greek yogurt which is a little thinner so I can sub it in when natural yogurt is called for in recipes, but if you want to go ahead and use the thicker, more authentic stuff here you might do a little better with a 1:1 ratio of yogurt to cheese in the whipped feta than the not quite 2:3 in the below recipe.

Grey bowl of beetroot and herbs piled onto whipped feta.
Clos eup of cubed beetroot with dill and pistachios.
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Close up of a bowl of whipped feta piled up with cubed beetroot.

Whipped Feta with Beetroot, Dill & Pistachios

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 24 1x
  • Category: Salads

Description

This simple Whipped Feta with Beetroot, Dill & Pistachios salad plate is perfect for scooping up with warm flatbreads or serving alongside a Greek or Mediterranean-inspired feast!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 small or 2 medium beetroot
  • sea salt
  • 140g (5 oz) feta
  • 100g (3.5 oz) Greek-style yogurt
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp date molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • small handful roughly chopped roasted pistachios
  • small handful fresh dill
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Halve the beetroot and cook them in a pan of boiling, salted water until tender; this should take roughly 20 minutes. Drain and set aside until they’re just cool enough to touch.
  2. Meanwhile, make the whipped feta by blitzing together the feta, yogurt and lemon juice in a bullet blender or small food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. To make the dressing for the beetroot, whisk together the vinegar, molasses and oil in a small bowl, and set aside.
  4. Peel the skins of the beetroot and cut into small cubes. Toss with the marinade and leave to stand for 5 minutes whilst you chop the pistachios and the dill.
  5. Swirl the whipped feta across a serving plate with the back of a spoon and pile the beetroot on top, leaving the remaining dressing behind in the bowl. Sprinkle over the pistachios and the dill, and finish with a good drizzle of oil and a few grinds of black pepper.

Notes

I wear disposable gloves when I’m handling the beetroot so that I don’t stain my fingers.

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