Charred Onions & Beets with Creamy Feta Dressing

Recipe By: Laura Kanya 

Taking the time to char the onions creates bold flavor and enhances its natural sweetness. Roasted walnut oil adds rich, buttery flavor, but olive oil works as well too.

  • 3 pounds peeled, cooked small beets, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons roasted walnut oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4 inch thick rings


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion slices and cook, flipping once, until charred, about 8 minutes. Separate the slices into rings. Toss and continue cooking for 1 minute. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine beets, 2 tablespoons vinegar, walnut oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup feta, dill and garlic with the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor and process until smooth.

Step 4

Spread the dressing on a serving platter. Top with the beets and onions. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup feta, walnuts and more dill, if desired.