Winter salad

Updated 2/7/2018 9:52 AM
  • Winter Salad

    Winter Salad Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Feel free to use precooked beets, which can be found in most supermarkets. The beets can be cooked and refrigerated up to 3 days in advance; the salad can be assembled and refrigerated a day in advance.

For the salad

3 medium red beets (unpeeled, greens trimmed)

About ½ red cabbage, shredded (2 cups)

1 radicchio, cut into 1½-inch chunks (about 2½ cups)

½ small red onion, cut into very thin half moons

2 red radishes, cut into thin slices using a vegetable peeler

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup pomegranate seeds (arils; optional)

For the dressing

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest and 2 tablespoons juice (from 1 orange)

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed

For the salad: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse, dry and then wrap each beet in aluminum foil. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet; roast (middle rack) for 45 minutes, or until you can pierce the centers with a fork. Let cool, then peel the beets and cut them into 1-inch chunks.

Meanwhile, make the dressing: Whisk together the orange zest and juice, shallot, balsamic vinegar, honey, oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to form an emulsified dressing.

To assemble the salad, combine the cabbage, radicchio, red onion, radish slices, cranberries and beets in a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss gently to coat. Taste, and add more salt and/or pepper, as needed.

Scatter the pomegranate seeds on top, if desired, and serve.

Serves 6

Nutrition | Per serving: 140 calories, 2 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 14 g sugar

Adapted from "The Healthy Jewish Kitchen: Fresh, Contemporary Recipes for Every Occasion," by Paula Shoyer (Sterling Epicure, 2017).

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