Avocado and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
In our temperate climate of Northern California, someone is growing beets all year round, and not just red ones. Golden beets, striped Chioggia beets, rosy pink beets, and ivory beets, lightly pickled, add sparkle to antipasti, grilled fish dishes, or salads like this one.
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Courseappetizer, side dish
Dietary Considerationappetizer, side dish
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturesavory, tangy
Type of Dishfirst course salad, vegetable
- 6 medium red or golden beets
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large shallot, diced fine
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped chervil
- ¼ teaspoon chopped lemon zest
- ¼ teaspoon chopped orange zest
- 2 firm, ripe avocados
- Chervil sprigs
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Trim and wash the beets. Put them in a baking dish, add a splash of water, and cover tightly. Roast the beets in the oven for about 45 minutes, until they are cooked through.
When the beets are cooked, allow them to cool uncovered. Peel and cut them into wedges. Put them in a bowl, season generously with salt and pepper, add the red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and toss gently.
Put the shallot in a bowl and add the white wine vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, and a pinch of salt. Let macerate for 15 minutes. Whisk in ¾ cup olive oil and stir in the chopped chervil, lemon zest, and orange zest. Taste for seasoning.
Cut the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Leaving the skin intact, cut the avocados lengthwise into ¼-inch slices. Scoop out the slices with a large spoon and arrange them on a platter or individual dishes. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the beets over the avocado slices and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Garnish with a few chervil sprigs.
Variation: Blood orange, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and kumquat go well with the roasted beets and citrus dressing—with or without the avocados—as do watercress and Belgian endive.
1999 Alice L. Waters