Aired April 6, 2011
- 1 medium-sized beet, ends trimmed
- 2 to 3 carrots
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
- Juice of lemon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 cups mche lettuce or tender mixed greens
- 23 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- 2 medium-sized avocados, halved, pitted, and diced
- About 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar Gastrique
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Rinse the beet under cool water and then put the damp beet in a small roasting pan, cover, and roast for 45 to 60 minutes or until fork tender. Let the beet cool until you can handle it and then slip off the skins. They will come off easily. (If you wear latex gloves, your fingers wont turn pink.) Cut the beets into thin slices, no more than 1/4-inch thick, and set aside.
Wash and peel the carrots. With a vegetable peeler, make lengthwise ribbons from the carrots by running the peeler along the length of the carrots. You need 16 to 20 carrot ribbons in all.
In a glass, ceramic, or other nonreactive mixing bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Add the lettuce and toss to coat. Divide the lettuce among 4 small serving plates. Garnish each salad with 4 to 5 beet slices, 5 to 6 tomato halves, diced avocado, and 4 to 5 carrot ribbons.
Drizzle each salad with about 1 tablespoon of the gastrique and serve.