I really enjoy trying out new salad recipes, especially those that aren’t just plain ol’ lettuce (not that I’m knocking it – we eat more romaine lettuce in this house than most). For the party I was doing a few weeks ago, I had originally planned on this roasted beet salad I found on the St. Francis Winery website.
Of course, everything I made for that party, I tried out in advance to make sure it was perfection. This salad has roasted beats, blanched beet greens, Serrano ham (prosciutto works just fine if you can’t find Serrano ham) and manchego cheese. The dressing is bright, but simple, with red wine vinegar and capers. The verdict was split in my house – I liked it a lot, and Nate really didn’t care for it. However, he doesn’t like beets, so there isn’t much else to the salad besides that. The beet greens really add a fresh beet flavor, so for someone who isn’t a fan, I can see how it wouldn’t be a hit. I decided to go with a different salad for the party, which was a smash hit in my house and at the party. More on that to come…
Roasted Beet Salad
Source: Adapted from St. Francis Winery/Chef David Bush
6 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 medium beets with greens
1 cup water
2 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
3 oz thinly sliced Serrano ham (prosciutto can be substituted)
3 oz manchego cheese, shaved
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut tops off greens and reserve for later. Arrange beets in a single layer in a shallow baking dish and pour 1 cup of water in the dish and cover with foil. Bake until tender when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Peel the beets while warm. Cut beets in half, then slice thinly.
2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and garlic. Add 1/4 cup of dressing and capers to sliced beets and mix until well coated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Cut stems of beets and wash greens thoroughly. Transfer to a medium saucepan filled with water over medium heat. Cook until greens are bright green, about 3-4 minutes. Drain greens and squeeze out excess water, cool, and chop coarsely. Toss greens with enough dressing to coat. Season with and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Lay ham in a single layer on serving platter. Place greens on top of ham and top with beets. Garnish with shaved manchego cheese and any remaining dressing.