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Salads are very forgiving. I sometimes feel like a cheat or a fraud when posting recipes for them but then I remember that lots of folks are intimidated by cooking at all and that they like the security of instruction. So – I post this delicious salad today. But – except for the vinaigrette – I won’t really post quantities. I trust you to use the ratio of beet to arugula to fennel to cheese to suit your own tastes.
I used pomegranate wine vinegar & hazelnut oil because I have them & I want to use them before they spoil. Plus it makes my recipe sound really fancy. You could use olive oil & any nice wine vinegar – flavored or not. I used walnuts but you could use almonds or pecans – or whatever. Even hazelnuts! Maybe add pomegranate seeds or a squeeze of fresh orange juice to the dressing. The sky is the limit. Hate fennel? Lose it. Use another fancy green other than arugula. Get it? Got it. Good.
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Golden Beet Carpaccio & Shaved Fennel Salad with Pomegranate & Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Beets – I used golden AND red. You can use one or the other or both.
Walnuts – or other nut
Arugula – other green
Feta cheese – or goat or cotija or other flavorful cheese
2 TBS pomegranate wine vinegar – or other nice wine vinegar
4 TBS hazelnut oil – or other nice oil (even olive oil)
1 tsp honey
Wrap your beets in foil & roast at 450 for about 30-45 minutes, depending on their size. When tender, cool & peel them.
Toast your nuts in a dry pan for about 3 minutes.
Blend your oil, vinegar, honey & some S&P for the vinaigrette.
Slice the beets & fennel very thin with a mandolin or by hand – the thinner the better.
LIGHTLY dress the arugula with a small amount of vinaigrette.
Create a fan on a plate with the sliced beets. Top with some shaved fennel. Put some dressed arugula in the center & top with the toasted nuts & cheese & maybe some fresh ground pepper. I added a little garnish of red beets. You could do a fan of red beets & top with golden – or use one color for all of it.
Shove it in your face while watching The Voice & scream, scandalized, every time the Swon Brothers get saved by America. 🙂