Marinated Beets with Blood Orange and Avocado

This salad is excellent and satisfying by itself or as an accompaniment to a protein like fish, chicken or beef. You can even dress it up with some feta or goat cheese, blue cheese or ricotta salata. Recipe credit: Michael Tuohy, as presented at the 2010 Worlds of Healthy Flavor Conference.

Marinated Beets with Blood Orange and Avocado

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Serves

4 people

This salad is excellent and satisfying by itself or as an accompaniment to a protein like fish, chicken or beef. You can even dress it up with some feta or goat cheese, blue cheese or ricotta salata.

Recipe credit: Michael Tuohy, as presented at the 2010 Worlds of Healthy Flavor Conference.

Recipe courtesy of Hestan and Chef Sandy Sauter of The Culinary Institute of America.

Ingredients

  • Assortment of red and gold fresh beets
  • 2 lbs chioggia, green trimmed
  • 3 blood oranges, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, high quality
  • 1 cup celery leaves
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation

  • 1 Place the beets, separated by color and type, into a pot of water and boil until tender. You should be able to pierce them easily with a knife. When they are cool enough to handle, remove the beet skins using a towel or a paring knife. Reserve.
  • 2 Place the vinegar, sugar and spices in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and remove from the heat; cool. Pour the mixture directly over the beets and allow to marinate overnight.
  • 3 Slice the beets before serving. In a large bowl place the clean celery leaves, blood orange slices, beets and diced avocado.
  • 4 Sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt, if desired and drizzle enough extra virgin olive oil to coat; toss. Spoon onto a serving plate and garnish with some of the celery leave on top. Drizzle a little more olive oil, if desired.

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