Hands down, this is my favorite salad. When our garden gets going, I eat it daily. And never get bored. So the other night, when I saw that we had all of the ingredients in our fridge I was ecstatic. I hadn’t had this salad since last fall when we ran out of beets in our garden!
I found 1 lonely beet in the fridge. It wasn’t pretty looking, but you can’t judge a book by its cover. It was perfect inside.
I roasted the beet for about an hour with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Once the wedges were fork tender I put the salad together.
Some lettuce (this year I am hoping to have arugula from my garden), the warm beets, a bit of local goat cheese, a splash of balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt. Its that simple. Its so simple I am not going to even put up a recipe.
I love beets. Love them. Last year we grew them in our garden for the first time. I thought, for sure 60 plants will be enough to enjoy fresh and enough to pickle some as well. And enjoy them I did. All fresh. All 60 of them. I don’t think Dan got any. Sometimes I have a hard time sharing.
My favorite way to eat beets is to roast them. With just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. So easy, and so delicious. Something that I love about beets is that they have such a long season. You can start eating them mid summer and if you keep them properly, you can have fresh beets through a lot of the winter. I try to eat within the season. Spring and summer have such vibrant and fresh flavors. And although I do love winter vegetables, I do miss the pop of flavor you get from garden fresh veggies in the summer. But having local beets through most of the winter is such a treat.
This salad is easy. Really easy. And at this time of the year, the bright flavor of the beets and blood oranges is a welcome addition to the dinner table. I had seen this combination of beets and blood oranges before. But I had never tried it. I was a bit suspicious. But it is really amazing. They pair really well together. And then the slight crunch of the endive and the walnuts – Alice Waters really got it right with this one. The salad is really fresh tasting, and for a winter salad, that is a hard thing to find.
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