RECIPE: Roasted Apple, Pear, and Beet Salad

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It's beet season!

This is the time of year to focus on buying and eating root vegetables like beets. It’s also the perfect time to make use of seasonal fruit, such as apples and pears. Recipe creator Jenny Devivo combines them in a salad ripe with color, crunch, and flavor for the holiday table. 

Ingredients

5 small/medium beets, peeled and cut into wedges

2 red apples, cored and cut into wedges

2 just ripe green pears, cored and cut into wedges

Salt

Olive oil

1 small head radicchio, torn

2 small heads endive, leaves separated

Handful of romaine leaves, torn

1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup roasted pecans

Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots

1 teaspoon finely grated ginger

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Zest and juice of 1/2 lime

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Place the apple and pear wedges on one baking tray and the beetroot wedges on the other. Spread into a single layer. Drizzle with oil and season with salt. Roast for 30–40 minutes or until slightly browned and tender. The beetroot will take a little longer. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile for the dressing, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt, cook gently until softened, 2–4 minutes. Add the ginger and cook, stirring for an additional 1–2 minutes. Set aside to cool. 
  3. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Add warm oil and whisk until emulsified. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Place the leaves, fruit, and beets on a large serving platter. Add the dressing and toss gently. Add the crumbled goat’s cheese and nuts just before serving.

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Jenny Devivo
Jenny Devivo
Jenny Devivo is a chef, culinary educator, and food security advocate. She lives and works on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Jenny has dedicated herself to fostering real relationships with farmers, fishermen, and food purveyors, enabling her to inspire the joy of cooking and teach the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great Columns about everything.l!!
    I just want to call to your attention a new store ( July ‘22) on Main Street VH started by my granddaughter and Emily Bramhall’s daughter ,Tybout Sinnett , called SEVEN SISTERS. Very often there is an environmental back story behind things that she sells or a knowledge about the crafts person that to my mind adds a wonderful dimension to what you choose to buy. Do stop by and have a look and ask questions.

    Also, thanks for all the information about the main island refuse center which I had asked about a while back. Tess

  2. This salad was the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. Next time I won’t bother with other side dishes. We could have had just salad and smoked Turkey! ( home smoke it!) Looks and taste; can’t top it.

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