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January 16, 2015

Healthy and filling salad with baked beets, sugar snap peas, rocket salad, caper and mustard-yoghurt dressing

Sund og mættende salat med bagte rødbeder, sukkerærter, rucolasalat, kapers og senneps-yoghurt dressing

Healthy and filling salad with baked beets, sugar snap peas, rocket salad, caper and mustard-yoghurt dressing

This is crazy! Have you ever heard of the IBO – the International Biology Olympiad? It is this huge competition where each country sends 4 of their best biology students – a really big thing. So two months ago I qualified for the national semi finals (NBO) – 30 students from the entire country was chosen, and this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we met in Odense to compete. It was such a great experience. Everybody was so nice and we spend the evenings talking and laughing – you almost forgot it was a competition. I was so happy and proud to be one of the 30 best and really enjoyed my time there, but then things got even more crazy: On Tuesday the judges announced the 15 winners – the candidates for the national finals. And, and… I am one of them! I can’t believe it. I seriously didn’t think I could do it. I am officially in the absolute last run for the International Biology Olympiad. Wow.

Yes, I told you I am a nerd – but right now I just love it!


Det her er for sindssygt! Har du nogensinde hørt om IBO – den internatiola biologiolympiade? Det er den her kæmpe store konkurrence, hvor hvert land sender 4 af deres bedste biologielever – en stor ting. For to måneder siden kvalificerede jeeg mig til semifinalen i den nationale olympiade (NBO) – 30 elever fra hele landet blev udvalgt, og den her søndag, mandag og tirsdag mødste vi så til konkurrenec i Odense. Det var en fantastsisk oplevelse. Alle de andre var så søde, og vi brugte aftenerne på at snakke og grine – man glmete næsten helt, at det var en konkurrence. Jeg var så glad og stolt af at være blandt de 30 bedste og nød hvirkelig tiden, men så skete der noget, der var endnu mere sindssygt: Tirsdag udråbte de så de 15 vindere – kadidaterne til den nationale finale. Og jeg er en af dem! Jeg kan ikke tro det. Seriøst, det troede jeg ikke jeg ville kunne. Men nu er jeg officielt med i det sidste opløb til OL i biologi. Internationalt. Wow.

Ja, jeg sagde jo jeg er en nørd – men lige nu gør det mig ikke noget.

Healthy and filling salad with baked beets, sugar snap peas, rocket salad, caper and mustard-yoghurt dressing

Enough blabbering about biology – on to food. The semi-finals (ok, NBO again) took place at the University of Southern Denmark, where we also had lunch on Monday. I got this super delicious beet and mustard salad, which I really enjoyed. So I decided on remaking it at home.

I must say, this salad is way better when you eat it calmly at home and not with your head spinning with enzymes, hematocrit levels, spectrophotometers, fish’s anatomy and elephant seal’s life cycles and your stomach full of butterflies (;


Nok biologisnak – nu til maden. Semifinalen (ok, NBO igen) var på Syddansk Universitet, hvor vi også spiste frokost. Jeg fik den her super lækre rødbedesalat med sennepsdressing, som var virkelig lækker. Så jeg prøvede at lave den igen, da jeg kom hjem.

Jeg må sige, at den smager endnu bedre, når du kan spise den i ro og mad uden hovedet fuld af enzymer, hæmatokritværdier, spektrofotometri, fiskeanatomi og søelefanters livscyklus og maven fuld af sommerfugle.

Healthy and filling salad with baked beets, sugar snap peas, rocket salad, caper and mustard-yoghurt dressing

Beet & Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/ mustard dressing

Healthy and filling salad with baked beets, sugar snap peas, rocket salad, caper and mustard-yoghurt dressing


  • 500 g.(1,1 oz.) beets (preferably baby)
  • 250 g. (approx. 1 1/2 cup) sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp.caper
  • 1 big handful rocket salad
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • ...
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F. Place beets on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake until soft, but not mushy ("al dente" is good). This takes approx. 40 minutes if using baby beets*
  2. Remove the skin and cut the beets into smaller pieces.
  3. Slice the sugar snap peas.
  4. In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients of the dressing (below the "..." in the ingredient list).
  5. Mix together beets, sugar snap peas, caper, rocket salad and dressing.
  6. Chop the almonds sprinkle them on top.


* Speed up the baking process by cutting the beets into smaller pieces. The salad stays fresh for up to one day if kept in an airtight container in the fridge.


14 responses to “Beet & Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/ mustard dressing”

  1. caileejoy says:

    YUM!!! Doesn’t this look so healthy and delicious!! What a great recipe!! Love it girl! :)

  2. Well done on making the National Finals Josefine that is such fantastic news! What an amazing achievement! :)
    And yes I imagine that this salad would taste better eaten calmly at home without all that nervous energy of the competitions going through your head! It does sound like deliciously healthy brain food though :)

  3. Patty says:

    It sounds so delicious. Love your Blog, i will already test the recipe :)


  4. Renee Kemps says:

    Looks so delish! Love the combination of all these ingredients!

  5. Well done, Josefine! Congratulation, this is a great achievement, I am proud of you :)
    When is the final?

    The salad is amazing as always, made me super hungry again, I have to buy some beets today. The snap peas in the salad are great idea, I’ll try out

  6. Love this! Really like the flavours and that dressing is ticking all the boxes for me! Yum.
    Also, good luck lovely with your competition- you will do great! x :D

  7. Oh my gosh Josefine! What an honor!!! My gosh girl, I can’t be more excited for you!!! And this salad? It is over the top! The world is smiling on Josefine right now! xoxo Pinned!

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