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Cauliflower and Beet Salad

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On 26 August 1920, after a long battle that lasted almost 80 years, the 19th amendment to the US constitution, granting women the right to vote, was ratified. It is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and we are celebrating my friend, Laura Kumin and her new book –– All Stirred Up.

“All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote” is a book that links history with food. The author, Laura Kumin presents a unique perspective through her research into the women’s suffrage movement and their use of food, to help bring change and persuade their immediate friends and family to talk about changing the circumstances. The change was as much for themselves as it was for the future generations of women that would follow. Women, just like us.

Cauliflower and beetroots with Frisee


Food feeds the soul as much as it feeds a hungry belly. Food evokes emotions and bridges people and cultures. While food may not solve all our problems, it does give us a way to come together and start a conversation. The women of the suffrage movement used what they were good at to champion their cause. They wrote cookbooks and they cooked food. The books surprisingly are multicultural with recipes from many other countries.

In 1886, the first American suffragist cookbook was published and by 1920 there were at least a half-dozen cookbooks! Laura Kumin traces back the history of the movement with solid research. The book is filled with timelines of events throughout the history and makes for a great reading and gives an insight to the kind of life they lived.

Beetroot and roasted cauliflower salad with frisee

Kumin also shares recipes from the suffragist cookbooks and has updated them to present day recipe writing formats. Thank goodness! Otherwise most recipes during those time were written like this:

“Dress flowerets of cold cooked cauliflower placed on leaves of shredded lettuce with French dressing. Cover with cold cooked beets cut in figure, and the chopped trimmings from them. Serve with mayonnaise in a dish apart”.
V. P. Shissler

This, by the way, is the recipe I am sharing today but with Laura’s updated version.

Notes on the Recipe: I used an electric pressure cooker to steam the cauliflower and the beets. I think the women of the movement would have approved my keeping up with the times! You may use pre cooked beets that are available at most grocery stores these days or cook them in a pot.

Roasted cauliflower and beetroot salad.
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Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is a celebration of women’s suffrage, and our host is Laura who blogs at Mother Would Know. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. The host for the month chooses the theme and members share recipes on that theme suitable for a delicious meal or party. Then you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. So come along and see all of the delicious and inspired dishes!

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Cauliflower and Beet Salad

A mix of steamed and pan seared cauliflower with steamed beets served with salad greens and a vinaigrette of your choice.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Beet salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 pound (16 oz/454 g) Beets A mix of golden and red, small size
  • 1 1 pound (16 oz/454 g) Cauliflower florets
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 head Frisee ( substitute with arugula or any other greens of your choice)

French Dressing

  • 1⁄4 cup (2 fl oz/59 ml) fresh lemon juice (approximately the juice of 1 large lemon)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1⁄2 cup (4 fl oz/118 ml) olive oil extra virgin

Instructions

Salad

  1. In the inner steel pot of the instant pot, put in one cup of water

  2. Put half of the cauliflower florets in a steaming basket and put the basket into the instant pot

  3. Keep the steam release handle on 'venting' and use the steaming function for 2 minutes

  4. Remove the cauliflower from the instant pot and keep aside .

  5. Put the beets in the water leftover from steaming the cauliflower

  6. Put the instant pot on manual pressure for 6 minutes, close the steam release handle

  7. Allow the pressure to release naturally when the instant pot finishes cooking

  8. Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan and add oil

  9. Add in the remaining cauliflower florets and cook until tender and seared

  10. Remove from heat and keep aside

  11. Peel the beets and cut into desired shapes – circles/ stars ( with a small cookie cutter)

  12. Arrange the beets, cauliflower and frisee on a serving platter. Serve with the dressing on the side

French Dressing

  1. Combine the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard in a small jar with a

    tight-fitting lid. Shake them until the salt and mustard are fully dissolved.

  2. Add the olive oil and shake the jar again, this time until the mixture is fully blended.

Recipe Notes

I used the Frisee lettuce for the salad as the peppery flavor nicely balanced out the sweetness of beets. 

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Comments 6

  1. This sounds like the perfect salad for winter. I’m obsessed with the idea of using a cookie cutter for the beets like that. It’s so pretty!!

  2. 5 stars
    As always, your version of the recipe is so mouthwatering. Plus you photograph such a simple salad do beautifully. I can just imagine you and I walking down the road one hundred years ago with a suffrage cookbook under our arms, getting people to talk to us about food – and then moving the conversation to voting rights for women. Thanks so much for celebrating suffrage and All Stirred Up with us.

  3. This is sooooo gorgeous!! I love how you arranged everything! The suffragists would be proud.

  4. 5 stars
    This is my kind of salad! Easy, delicious and healthy. I think I’ll make this one over the weekend!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this salad so much – cauliflower and beets are two of my favorite vegetables. And I LOVE that you made stars out of the beets – so fun!!

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