Roasted tarragon-scented sweet soft baby golden beets are paired with tart-crisp apple, bitter-spiky dandelion, creamy-smooth butter lettuce, zingy kumquat, tangy Roquefort, rich pistachios and a playfully-spicy poblano chile vinaigrette. It’s a very refreshing, harmonious, and somewhat surprising salad – which I submit to this month’s 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group Challenge featuring BEETS.
The 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group hosted by Natasha the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! is an outstanding monthly event for sharing ideas and creating gourmet makeovers of selected classic dishes or flavor combinations. It continues to be a great source of inspiration and my absolute pleasure to be on the team. Please visit their blogs this coming Friday to enjoy the round-up of super-creative beets recipes from this talented cooking group.
trimmed peeled baby golden beets
tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper
roast, covered, with several sprigs of tarragon
at 425° for about 25 minutes
let come to room temperature, slice in half lengthwise
Two Poblano Chile Sauces
4 medium fire-roasted poblano chiles
skinned, seeded, fine-dice
roast 1 shallot in 3 T. olive oil at 375° for 30 minutes, let cool slightly
puree 2 chiles with the shallot & olive oil, plus 2 T. water in a blender until smooth
strain through a fine-mesh sieve, season with salt & pepper
combine 2 chiles with 1 T. rice vinegar
whisk in 3 T. olive oil, season with salt & pepper
julienne, toss with lime juice
sliced and seeded
raw sheep’s milk french roquefort, crumbled
roasted and chopped
dandelion and butterhead
edible tricolor viola and wild mustard
gently toss beets, apple, kumquat, roquefort
with poblano vinaigrette
arrange dandelion leaves on a platter
dot with poblano puree
top dandelion with 2 butter lettuce leaves
arrange beet mixture over the lettuce
sprinkle with pistachio
garnish with flowers
Resplendent Baby Golden Beet Salad
Inspiration from my hero, Chef Charlie Trotter and the passionate Farmers of Santa Paula, California.
It’s raining beets. Hallelujah. It’s raining beets.
Baby Golden Beet Salad is Part 1 of a two part beet-centric vegetarian meal.
Part 2: Baby Candy Stripe Beet Fettuccine, Beet Syrup is now posted here.