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Roasted beet salad with citrus, fennel and ricotta salata

Roasted beet salad with citrus, fennel and ricotta salata
Los Angeles Times

Salads are in season, but new ideas for great ones can be hard to find. Michalene Busico, deputy features editor, tipped us off about this terrific roasted beet, citrus and fennel salad with "pure and bright" flavors served at the ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes | Serves 4

Citrus vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon finely diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Step 1In a bowl, combine the shallots, orange and lime juices and salt and allow to macerate for about 15 minutes.

Step 2Whisk in the olive oil, then add the fennel seeds and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Set aside. (Makes about two-thirds cup.)

Herb salad

  • 1/4 cup small Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons 3/4 -inch chive pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chervil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dill sprigs

Step 1Combine the parsley, chive, chervil and dill, place a slightly dampened paper towel on top and set aside.

Beet salad and assembly

  • 12 small beets (4 each of 3 different colors, if possible)
  • 1 head fennel, very thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Citrus vinaigrette
  • 1 each tangelo, pomelo, grapefruit and tangerine, cut into segments
  • 1/4 pound ricotta salata
  • Herb salad

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and trim the beets. Place the beets of each color in a separate foil packet and roast until the beets are very tender, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Peel and cut into wedges, keeping the different colors separate.

Step 2Toss the sliced fennel and onion with the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange on four plates.

Step 3Toss the beets of each color in separate bowls with a few tablespoons of the citrus vinaigrette. (This will prevent the colors from bleeding onto each other.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the beet wedges (pointing up) on the fennel and onion.

Step 4Place an assortment of citrus segments around the beets, also pointing up (cut the pomelo segments in half or thirds so that all of the segments are roughly the same size).Thinly slice the cheese into triangles and lay 3 slices on top of each salad.

Step 5Toss the herb salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons of citrus vinaigrette, salt and pepper. Scatter the dressed herbs on top of the vegetables. Drizzle a little of the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over each salad and serve.

Note: From David Lentz at the Hungry Cat. While roasting the beets, make the vinaigrette and toss the fennel and onions together.

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