Every so often I still see those canned beets at salad bars at corporate or college cafeterias. Some things never change. I don't make beet salad so often at home, but when I saw these beautiful beets at the farmers market last weekend, I wanted to make it at home.
Red and Golden Beet Salad
Recipe is adopted from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Vegetables book
about 1 bunch (one pound) each red and golden beets
2 tablespoons red wine, or sherry or balsamic vinegar of your choice
1 shallot clove, skinned and chopped or finely sliced
3 tablespoons chopped chives
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
If you want to make it the Chez Panisse way (optional):
1/2 cup shelled walnuts, roasted a few minutes in the oven
2 blood oranges: With a sharp knife, trim off the top and bottom of each orange and pare off the the rest of the peel, making sure to remove all of the pith. Slice the oranges into 1/4 inch rounds.
2 tablespoons orange juice
zest of 1/2 orange
serve with garden lettuce or Belgian endive
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Trim and wash the beets, place them in a baking pan with a splash of water, cover tightly with foil and roast about 40-45 minutes until they can be easily pieced through with a sharp knife. When beets are cool enough to handle, peel them and slice or cut into wedges. Place them in separate bowls (the red beet will color the other beets otherwise). Season both bowls of beets with the vinegar, salt, pepper and the olive oil, and the orange juice and zest if you are using. Arrange the beets on plates and garnish with the shallots and chives, like I did in the photo, or serve on a bed of garden lettuce or Belgian endive. Garnish with the roasted walnuts.
Tip: It is best to toss the beets with vinegar first and marinate for 5 minutes before adding the olive oil.
You may also serve this beet salad with some fresh goat cheese or feta cheese.