Terranea's Destination Dish of the Month - Roasted Beet Salad with Delta Asparagus, Toasted Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and California Orange Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad with delta Asparagus, Toasted Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and California Orange Vinaigrette
- One bunch each, red, gold and candy striped baby beets, stems removed
- 2 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 bunch medium asparagus
- ½ cup orange vinaigrette (recipe follows)
- 2 ounces fresh goat cheese
- Sea salt
- Fresh black pepper
- Olive oil as needed
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
Roasted Beets (cook all separately)
Place one bunch of baby beats, coated in olive oil and salt and pepper with a sprig of rosemary in a large piece of aluminum foil and wrap completely. You should have three foil packages, one for each color bunch. Roast at 350 degrees for 30 mins or until a pairing knife pierces easily. Rub off skins with a kitchen towel. Coat lightly with salt and olive oil and refrigerate.
Cover dried cranberries with the fresh orange juice and warm in a pot just to plump. Discard extra juice
Rough chop hazelnuts. Toasted evenly in a dry pan. Toss with olive oil and salt.
Peel asparagus. Cut the tip at one and a half inches. Reserve the stem for soup. Blanch tips in boiling salted water and shock in ice water to set color.
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar as needed
- Salt to taste
Reduce orange juice to 3/4 cup. Dissolve in the sugar. Emulsify in blender with canola oil until the consistency of heavy cream. Add water as necessary. Add vinegar and salt to taste.
Toss all of your ingredients with a half of a cup of orange vinaigrette (or more depending on your taste. Everything should be just lightly coated and glistening). Arrange the beets on room temperature plates on a colorful pattern. Top equally with asparagus tips, hazelnuts and cranberries. Crumble equal amounts of goat cheese on each salad.