Fergus Henderson's Red Salad

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Author Notes: This is a salad with more color than you've probably seen all winter. It's earthy, tangy and sweet, like a livelier borscht -- one that makes you want to tear into your next course, rather than go curl up in a warm place. Adapted slightly from Beyond Nose to Tail (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2007).Genius Recipes

Serves 6

For the salad

  • 2 raw beetroot, peeled and finely grated
  • 1/4 raw red cabbage with its core cut out, very finely sliced
  • 1 very small red onion, peeled, cut in half from top to bottom and finely sliced (to mellow its bite, soak in cold water while you make the rest of the salad, then drain)
  • 6 healthy dollops of crème fraîche
  • 2 healthy bunches of chervil, picked

For the dressing

  • Healthy splashes of extra virgin olive oil
  • A little gesture of balsamic vinegar
  • A small handful of extra-fine capers
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  1. Mix everything together for the dressing. Toss all your raw red vegetables in the dressing, taste and adjust seasoning, then on six plates place a bushel of this red mixture. Next to this, nustle your blob of crème fraîche as if the two ingredients were good friends, not on top of each other as if they were lovers. Finally a clump of the chervil rested next to the other ingredients in the friendly fashion. A very striking salad ready for the eater to mess up.

Tags: beets, creme fraiche, Fergus Henderson, genius, parsley, red salad, salad, winter

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3 months ago Rodney Luc

OK question. I work at one of the best restaurants in the country. Is this the type of salad that I can present at a tasting hoping to get it paced on a tasting menu?

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6 months ago FourCats

What do you mean by "finely grated"? Can I use my standard box grater or do you mean something finer than that?

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6 months ago Celestyyne

I've made this salad many times-your box grater is the right tool.

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10 months ago Celestyyne

This is delicious! And beautiful! Great texture with a really nice zing from the mellow onions and the capers.

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over 1 year ago aguess

I love this salad! Such great flavor and texture. I does look like I murdered someone in the kitchen when I make it.