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Roasted Beet Salad With Serrano, Chile and Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad With Serrano, Chile and Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 6

My first real taste of beets was in a salad known as “encebollado”, which is made with mostly red onions, fresh lemon or lime juice, chiles and some beets. Over the years, I added more beets because I really loved the flavor of them. In our house, it was typically served over rice or as a garnish for carne asada. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1 1/2
lbs fresh beets
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/3
cup olive oil
2
Serrano peppers, deseeded, minced
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon oregano
1
teaspoon sugar
1/3
cup cilantro, chopped
1
small red onion, sliced into thin strips

Directions

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 2
    Wash beets removing all of the dirt. Slice the roots and stems off, and wrap each beet in foil paper. Transfer beets to a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until beets are fork tender.
  • 3
    In the blender, combine lemon juice, olive oil, 1/2 of the serranos, salt, oregano, sugar and half of the cilantro. Blend on high until smooth, taste for salt and set aside. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and cover with cold water, set aside.
  • 4
    When beets are fork tender, remove from oven, open up the foil on the beets and let cool for 30 minutes. Once beets are slightly cooled, with a small, sharp knife, peel the skins off of the beets. Dice the beets and transfer to serving bowl. Quickly pulse the vinaigrette and pour over the beets, stir well to combine.
  • 5
    When ready to serve, drain the onions well and fold them into the beets. Serve as is or as a topping for your favorite rice dish. Divide the salad onto 6 small plates and garnish with remaining serrano peppers and cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • When using fresh onions for your recipes, soak them in cold water for at least 20 minutes before using in your recipe. This method is called “deflaming” and makes the onion a bit milder.

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More About This Recipe
  • My first real taste of beets was in a salad known as “encebollado”, which is made with mostly red onions, fresh lemon or lime juice, chiles and some beets. Over the years, I added more beets because I really loved the flavor of them. In our house, it was typically served over rice or as a garnish for carne asada.

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