Jun 19, 2020All Recipes

#beets #drumbeetsalad #junkanoo #dininginparadise #beetsalad #earthmadekitchen #salad #goatcheese #bahamastourism #islandgurlfoods

Drum “Beet” Salad

I love the earthy flavor of beets as much as I enjoy the rhythm of

the goat skin drums at The Bahamas world renowned Junkanoo

Festivals. In this recipe, I use a combination of fresh red and

naturally sweet golden beets complemented with Mango Passion


Serves 10


8 medium golden beets, stems removed

4 medium red beets, stems removed

3 Tbsp olive oil

3 sprigs fresh thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup (250 mL) coconut shavings

or rings,

1/4 cup (60 mL) confectioner’s

(icing) sugar

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil

3 heads frisée torn, tough outer stems

removed (boston or green lettuce optional)

3 cups (750 mL) mandarin orange slices

1 cup (250 mL) fresh pomegranate


1 cup (250 mL) chèvre (goat’s

milk cheese) balls

1/4 cup (60 mL) diced fresh

Italian parsley

1 cup (250 mL) Mango Passion

Vinaigrette (see recipe)

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200˚C).

2. Wash and keep golden and red beets separate; place onto two 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.

3. Add 1 cup (250 mL) water, olive oil and thyme sprigs to each pan and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake in the oven until beets are tender when pierced

with a knife, about 45 minutes.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove beets and set aside on the baking sheets. Let cool enough to handle. Peel and discard the outer layers (keep beets separated as the red beets will stain the golden beets). Cut, the beets into desired shapes (wedges, large dice or julienned) and set aside in a bowl (This can be done a day ahead and kept refrigerated.)

5. In a small glass bowl, toss coconut with sugar and canola oil to caramelize for a hint of sweetness (optional). Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the coconut rings. Cook on both sides until caramelized, about 1–2 minutes per side. Set aside.

6. Wash and dry frisée and divide over plates. Position beets, orange slices, pomegranate, coconut and goat cheese balls on the plate.

Garnish with parsley then drizzle with Mango Passion Vinaigrette. Serve at once.

Mango Passion Vinaigrette

Here’s a taste of The Bahamas. Toss or drizzle this vinaigrette over

salads for a citrusy taste with nuances of passion fruit.

Makes 3 3/4 cups (940 mL)


1 cup (250 mL) frozen mango

punch concentrate

1 cup (250 mL) orange


Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup (60 mL) frozen strawberries

1 Tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt + extra to taste

1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black

pepper + extra to taste

1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil

1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine all

ingredients (except oil) and purée. While motor is running,

slowly pour in olive oil.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Store in sterilized glass jars and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

More Recipes from Island Gurl Foods

Jamaican Pepper Shrimp

These shell-on shrimp with a subtle spicy flavorful heat is the perfect appetizer or snack at the table. Serve over pasta for a scrumptious meal. MARINATING TIME: 30 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 6 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4 Ingredients 1 lb. large shell-on shrimp, preferably...

Smoky Mango Jerk Chicken

A wonderful balance of traditional Jamaican Jerk spices with a subtle hintof tropical mango to balance the flavourful heat. COOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4 Ingredients 4 chicken leg quarters (or 1 whole chicken,cut into quarter pieces)seasoned salt to taste...

Blackened Rainbow Trout with Strawberry Salsa

Get your pan sizzling hot for this sweet rainbow trout spicy makeover. Paired with a sweet, tart and crunchy Strawberry Salsa, for a go-to fast weekday meal. Leftover salsa would be delicious tossed with greens or spooned over...

Tropical Mango Cheesecake

Mango is hands-down my favourite fruit. With nuances of orange, peach and melon, it’s like no other fruit. Ripe Kent, Palmer or any other type of non-fibrous mangoes are preferred for this bright and citrusy cheesecake. Serves 8 INGREDIENTS Crust 4 cups (1 L) honey...


Mad Mac & CheeseBahamian mac and cheese (aka macaroni) is the most rich,luscious and cheesy baked dish. Every family takes pride in theirrecipe. However, my girlfriend, Maddie, makes the most illustriousmacaroni in the Bahamas. I’ve added a few ingredients to put...

Pigeon Peas & Dumpling Soup!!!

No better way to shake the winter blues than diving into a bowl of this luscious, protein rich soup filled with yummy dumplings! Follow me as I guide you step by step, and instruct you on how to make this wonderful recipe from my childhood. Watch my video...

Guava BBQ Beef Ribs

Tropical sweet guava BBQ enhances the flavor of smoky grilled meats. Serve these ribswith your favorite sides and make new memories with these next level BBQ ribs. COOKING TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4 Ingredients 2 racks Beef Grilling Back Ribs(about 7 ribs...

Spicy Maple BBQ Rainbow Trout

Real maple balances the heat of citrussy Habanero chilies a perfect glaze for tender, flaky Rainbow Trout. COOKING TIME: 8 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4 Ingredients 4 Rainbow Trout Fillets (4 oz/125g each)fine sea salt to taste (optional)3 Tbsp (45 mL) vegetable or canola...

Bahama Steamed Chicken

A tasty dish with a zesty tomato-based sauce that complements all proteins and vegetables. It’s paradise in a bottle. COOKING TIME: 30 MINUTES | SERVINGS: 4 Ingredients 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs(4 oz/125g each)Salt and pepper to taste3 Tbsp...

Caribbean Three Milk Cake

Caribbean Three Milk Cake 1 ½ cups (375 mL) local Ontario Milk 1Tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Butter, softened 1 Tbsp (15 mL) All-purpose flour, for dusting 2 cups (500 mL) All Purpose flour ¼ tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder ½ cup (125...

Mexican Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey takes a Mexican twist here.  Use your leftover turkey to create this flavourful festive soup.  Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: about 30 minutes Serves 6 2 tbsp (25 mL)        vegetable oil 2        ...

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

All the flavours of carrot cake in a bowl for breakfast! Choose your favourite toppings or stick to the traditional walnuts, pumpkin seeds and finely chopped apples. Freeze Greek yogurt in an ice cube tray to make it cold and slushy.  Preparation Time: 5 minutes...

Bircher Muesli

Oats are soaked beforehand instead of cooked in the morning, making it an ideal healthy breakfast for time-starved cooks. While the recipe originates in Switzerland, it makes use of Ontario’s apples, honey or maple syrup and calcium-rich dairy. Preparation Time: 5...

Roasted Sweet Potato and Beet Sunflower Salad

This salad of sunny-coloured vegetables with Ontario sweet potatoes and beets, tossed with an enticing sunflower butter dressing, brightens up a winter day. Roast the vegetables and whisk up the dressing the night before and you’ve the makings of a lunch. Preparation...