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My Favorite Salad

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.

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Beet, Blood Orange and Endive Salad

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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