Greek Salad with Roasted Beets, Olives and Feta

 Recipe
Before large summer tomatoes are ripe enough for Greek salad, chefs including Vongerichten make it with sweet roasted beets instead.
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Yield:

Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups salad)

Nutritional Information

Calories 231
Fat 14.3 g
Satfat 3.1 g
Monofat 9.3 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 523 mg
Calcium 122 mg

Ingredients

4 medium beets, preferably a mix of red, candy-striped and gold, trimmed and scrubbed
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 teaspoon minced fresh red Thai chile or crushed red chile flakes, or to taste
2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2-inch thick at an angle
6 celery heart stalks, sliced 1/4-inch thick at an angle, plus celery leaves for garnish
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 ounce Niçoise olives, pitted and halved (about 2 Tbsp.)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, thinly sliced

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Put beets on a large sheet of foil. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper.

3. Wrap up beets tightly and roast until a knife pierces through them easily, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

4. Unwrap beets. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into wedges. Whisk vinegar, remaining 3 Tbsp. oil, onion, chile and a pinch of salt.

5. Arrange beets on 4 serving plates. Drizzle with a little dressing and season with salt and pepper. Top with romaine, celery, feta and olives. Drizzle remaining dressing all over. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Garnish with celery leaves and serve.

Note:

Jean-Georges Vongerichten,

Recipe adapted with permission from the publisher, Clarkson Potter, from Home Cooking With Jean-Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Genevieve Ko. Copyright 2011.

April 2013
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