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Apple-and-Beet Salad

All You MARCH 2006

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.65

Ingredients

  • 8 beets
  • 3 small red onions, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 12 curly red lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecan halves

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim beet greens, leaving a 1-inch piece of stem. Scrub beets and dry on paper towels. Sort by size and tightly wrap and seal large and small beets separately, along with onions, in two heavy-duty aluminum-foil packages. Place packets on a baking sheet. Roast until beets are tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour for small beets and 1 1/4 hours for large. Unwrap packages and let cool for about 15 minutes. Peel and trim beets and onions, halve crosswise and thinly slice. Transfer to a bowl.

Add vinegar, oil, 1 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper to beet mixture and stir until blended. Refrigerate, tightly covered, until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.

At least 2 hours and up to 12 hours before serving, peel, core and cut apples into 1/4-inch slices. Cut each slice crosswise into 3 pieces. Transfer to a bowl, add lemon juice and toss to coat. Add sour cream, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper and stir until blended. Cover and refrigerate apple mixture.

To serve, arrange lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Top with beet mixture and apple mixture separately. Sprinkle with cheese and pecans and serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 256
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Sodium: 474mg
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