Roasted Beet Salad with Fennel and Radish

Roasted Beet Salad

Try something new with your family and use Armor Farm's exciting watermelon radishes to create a colorful plate of Beet Salad with Fennel and Radish! This beautiful dish will remind you that healthy meals don't have to be boring!

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 8 medium roasted beets, 4 red and 4 golden, chilled (see notes)
  • 1 lemon, juiced and added to a bowl of water
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, cored and shaved or thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large Watermelon Radishes, reserve 8-10 slices for flowers
  • 3 navel oranges, peel removed and sliced. Cut slices into quarters
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup toasted pecan halves

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground white pepper

Instructions

For the vinaigrette:

In a small jar combine the balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey, oil, salt and pepper, shake to blend, reserve.

For the beets:

Keep the beets separate from each color so the red beets do not bleed and color the golden beets.  Working with on color of beets at a time, cut them in half and slice into wedges at about 1/2-inch thick.  Place the beets on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any juices.

For the fennel:

  1. Add the lemon juice to a bowl of water….the lemon juice will prevent the fennel from turning brown.
  2. Trim the stalks off the fennel close to the top of the bulb and either discard or save for another project.  Reserve some of the fronds to snip as a garnish. Set the bulb on it’s bottom and slice the bulb in half.  Remove and discard the core and any brown outer layers of the fennel bulb. 
  3. Using a mandolin set on the thinnest blade possible, or the #1 blade on a food processor, shave the fennel.  Add the shaved fennel the bowl of lemon water and let sit for 5 minutes.  Drain the fennel in a mesh strainer, then tip out onto a kitchen towel and pat dry with paper towels and place on a plate.

Prepare the watermelon radishes:

  1. Trim the tops of the radish and remove the root tail.  Peel the radish with a vegetable peeler and slice the radish as thinly as possible. 
  2. Set aside 8-10 of the prettiest slices to make the garnish flowers.
  3. Stack the remaining slices and cut them into 1/8-inch strips.  Transfer to a plate.

Prepare the oranges:

  1. Working with one orange at a time, cut both ends off and stand the orange on end.  
  2. Slice off the peel and the white membrane.  Cut the peeled orange into 1/4-inch slices and each slice into quarters and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining oranges.

The red onion:

Peel the onion and slice as thinly as possible, place on a small plate.

Arrange the salad in 3 layers:

  1. On a large platter or shallow salad bowl, randomly arrange 1/3 of the red and golden beets across the platter.  Sprinkle with 1/3 of the fennel shaves, 1/3 of the radish strips, 1/3 of the oranges and 1/3 of the onion slices and toasted pecans.
  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette over the layer and repeat the process for two more layers.

For the garnishes:

Snip fennel fronds over the top of the salad.  To make the radish flowers:  Place the tip of a paring knife at the center of a radish slice an cut to the edge.  Hold the radish and overlap the radish edges, creating a cone.  Place the flowers randomly on the salad along with sprigs of mint.

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Prepare each salad component on a separate plate then the salad will be assembled in 3 layers. Each layer will be drizzled with vinaigrette.

Keep the beets separated during roasting, chilling and preparing so the red does not bleed into the golden beets.

A mandolin works well in slicing the fennel and radishes super thin. If you do not have a mandolin, the 1mm blade of a food processor will work.

Add the shaved fennel to the lemon water immediately after shaving. The acid in the lemon will prevent the fennel from turning brown.

Serves 8.

Notes

Recipe by Pat Nyswonger from Savor the Best

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Unsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 136mg | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Protein: 2g