Beet and Fennel Salad

By Savorykitchen
February 26, 2010
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Author Notes: I'm not going to win any prizes for originality with this salad: it's something we've all seen before. But, if you take care with your ingredients and select good quality cheese and nuts - it'll be delicious, satisfying and beautiful. I use Stilton in this recipe, but feel free to substitute another soft cheese of your choice (think goat, farmers', feta, etc.). I roast my beets, but peel and cut them into their final shape before roasting: it speeds up the roasted process and there's no burned fingers to nurse later.Savorykitchen

Serves: 4-6

  • 6 beets
  • 1-2 fennel bulbs
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 3 ounces Stilton cheese
  • 1 ounce sherry vinegar
  • 3 ounces walnut oil (or olive oil)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Roast the beets: Peel the beets with a vegetable peeler and slice into 1/4" slices. Lay the beets in a roasting pan and add 2 tablespoons of water and a sprinkle of salt. Cover the pan with foil and roast in a 350-degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until tender. Let the beet slices cool.
  2. Slice the fennel into thin strips. Reserve the green frondy bits for garnish.
  3. Shake the oil and vinegar together with a pinch of salt and a grind or two of pepper.
  4. Layer the beets and fennel onto a platter. Sprinkle the cheese and walnuts over the top. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle the fennel fronds over the top.

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