Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A lovely salad for Christmas Eve supper, or anytime!

My daughter served this classic winter salad as the first course on Christmas Eve. It was really festive and it tasted wonderful, a delicious combination of mellow earthy sweet and tangy, with a nice crunch from the walnuts.
Salad of Winter Greens, Walnuts, Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
4 (2- to 3-inch-diameter) beets, unpeeled, scrubbed, all but 1 inch of tops removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (4.5-ounce) bag baby lettuces with frisée
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
4 ounces chilled soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet), coarsely crumbled
Thin strips of orange peel
Katie also added fresh orange sections to her salad.
For dressing:
Whisk all ingredients in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. for salad: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss beets with 1 tablespoon oil in 11x7-inch metal baking pan. Roast beets until tender, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool beets; peel and cut into 1/2-inch wedges. (Dressing and beets can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill. Bring both to room temperature before continuing.)
Mix lettuces, walnuts and dressing in large bowl; toss. Divide among plates. Arrange beets around greens; sprinkle with goat cheese and orange peel.
from Bon Appétit
January 2001

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