Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Beet and Tangerine Salad

*found in the December 2010 issue of Bon Appetit

Prep time: 25 minutes 6 Servings 134 calories

3 2 1/2-inch-diameter red beets, tops trimmed
3 large tangerines (such as Murcott)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed or juiced cranberries
1 tbsp raspberry vinegar or Cider vinegar
1/3 cup paper-thin slices red onion
1 large bunch watercress, thick stems trimmed

Place beets in deep large microwave-safe bowl.  Add enough water to reach depth of 1 inch.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until beets are tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, finely grate enough peel from tangerines to measure 2 tsp.  Cut top and bottom off each tangerine.  Cut off all peel and white pitch, following contour of fruit.  Cut each tangerine horizontally into 1/3-inch-thick rounds, removing any seeds.  Whisk oil, cranberry juice concentrate, vinegar, and reserved tangerine peel in small bowl to blend.  Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.  Mix in onion.

Hold 1 beet under cold running water and rub off skin.  Repeat with remaining 2 beets.  Cut beets horizontally into 1/4-to-1/3-inch-thick=rounds.  Sprinkle beets with salt and pepper.

Arrange watercress springs on large platter to cover.  Arrange beet rounds and tangerine rounds atop watercress.  Using fork, lift onion slices from dressing and arrange over salad.  Drizzle with dressing.  

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