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Orange, Beet and Fennel Salad (Serves 4-6)
courtesy of Bon Appetit, Epicurious

If you do not want to heat your oven for just the beets, you can boil them instead, although I do think that roasting them brings out their sweetness even more! If you do not have fennel or red onion, feel free to make it without. Beets and oranges go great together and can also be added to lettuce for a more robust salad. Enjoy!

2-3 medium red beets, tops trimmed
3 Navel oranges
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced crosswise on a mandoline
1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced on a mandoline (about 1/3 cup)
Good-quality extra-virgin olive, pumpkin seed, or walnut oil (for drizzling)
Coarse sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro and/or chervil leaves

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Wash beets, leaving some water on skins. Wrap individually in foil; place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until beets are tender when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut all peel and white pith from all oranges; discard. Working over a medium bowl, cut between membranes of oranges to release segments into bowl; squeeze juice from membranes into bowl and discard membranes. Place sliced oranges in bowl with the segments. Add lemon juice and lime juice.
  3. Peel cooled beets. Slice the beets crosswise into thin rounds. Strain citrus juices; reserve. Layer beets and oranges on plates, dividing evenly. Arrange fennel and onion over beets. Spoon reserved citrus juices over, then drizzle salad generously with oil. Season to taste with coarse sea salt and pepper. Let salad stand for 5 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Garnish salad with cilantro leaves.

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