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Roasted beet salad with citrus, fennel and ricotta salata

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Roasted beet salad with citrus, fennel and ricotta salata
(Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

Citrus vinaigrette

1

In a bowl, combine the shallots, orange and lime juices and salt and allow to macerate for about 15 minutes.

2

Whisk in the olive oil, then add the fennel seeds and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Set aside. (Makes about two-thirds cup.)

Herb salad

1

Combine the parsley, chive, chervil and dill, place a slightly dampened paper towel on top and set aside.

Beet salad and assembly

1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and trim the beets. Place the beets of each color in a separate foil packet and roast until the beets are very tender, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Peel and cut into wedges, keeping the different colors separate.

2

Toss the sliced fennel and onion with the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange on four plates.

3

Toss the beets of each color in separate bowls with a few tablespoons of the citrus vinaigrette. (This will prevent the colors from bleeding onto each other.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the beet wedges (pointing up) on the fennel and onion.

4

Place an assortment of citrus segments around the beets, also pointing up (cut the pomelo segments in half or thirds so that all of the segments are roughly the same size).Thinly slice the cheese into triangles and lay 3 slices on top of each salad.

5

Toss the herb salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons of citrus vinaigrette, salt and pepper. Scatter the dressed herbs on top of the vegetables. Drizzle a little of the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over each salad and serve.

From David Lentz at the Hungry Cat. While roasting the beets, make the vinaigrette and toss the fennel and onions together.

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