← Back to Search Results
Baby Beets with Flat-leaf Parsley and Mint Vinaigrette

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

Look for the biggest, greenest, freshest flat-leaf parsley leaves you can find, because the parsley stands in for other greens in this salad. Parsley grows easily, so every Italian I knew when I was growing up picked it from the backyard and tossed it as a salad. And those salads tasted great! Pair the parsley with tender young beets for indescribable small bites of freshness.

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

Mint vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 8 red baby beets, washed and trimmed but not peeled
  • 8 yellow baby beets, washed and trimmed but not peeled
  • 8 candy-striped baby beets, washed and trimmed but not peeled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 tablespoons Mint Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup shaved pecorino Romano cheese
  • Cracked black pepper

Directions

Make the Vinaigrette:

1. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the salt, pepper, and mint. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

2. If using within 3 or 4 hours, stir in the mint and refrigerate. Otherwise, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir the mint into the vinaigrette an hour or so before serving. (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)

For the Salad:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the 3 cups of salt over the bottom of a shallow roasting pan or sheet pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine the beets, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Wrap the beets completely in large sheets of aluminum foil and transfer to the pan. The foil packets will sit directly on the salt. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until the beets are tender. Let the beets cool in the foil; this will make them easier to peel.

3. Peel each beet and cut in half, quarters, or slices. Transfer to a bowl.

4. In another bowl, toss the parsley with about a tablespoon of olive oil and the lemon juice. Toss and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Add the vinaigrette to the beets and toss until they are coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Divide the beets among 4 serving plates, mounding them in the center of the plates. Arrange the parsley salad around and on top of the beets. Garnish each serving with cheese and cracked pepper and serve.


© 2007 Rick Tramonto
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving

523kcal (26%)
260mg (26%)
69mg (115%)
166mcg RAE (6%)
1802mg
134mg
14g
35g
15g
52g
11mg (4%)
883mg (37%)
6g (30%)
32g (49%)
6mg (34%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

le-bernardin-cookbook Le Bernardin Cookbook
by Eric Ripert, Maguy Le Coze
baked-new-frontiers-in-baking Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
by Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito
complete-book-of-indian-cooking-350-recipes-from-the-regions-of-india Complete Book of Indian Coo...
by Suneeta Vaswani
down-home-with-the-neelys-a-southern-family-cookbook Down Home with the Neelys: ...
by Gina Neely, Pat Neely
the-bread-bible The Bread Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
mexican-everyday Mexican Everyday
by Rick Bayless
gluten-free-and-vegan-holidays Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
by Jennifer Katzinger
spice Spice
by Ana Sortun
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
sunday-suppers-at-lucques Sunday Suppers at Lucques
by Suzanne Goin
young-and-hungry-more-than-100-recipes-for-cooking-fresh-and-affordable-food-for-everyone Young and Hungry: More Than...
by Dave Lieberman
new-american-table New American Table
by Marcus Samuelsson
daves-dinners-a-fresh-approach-to-home-cooked-meals Dave's Dinners: A Fresh App...
by Dave Lieberman
living-raw-food Living Raw Food
by Sarma Melngailis
Already a member? Click here to Log In
close

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new Cookstr features and tools







By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
Spinner
New to Cookstr? Click here to Sign Up
close


Forgot your password? Click here
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?