Fresh Beet Salad


Adapted from The Low Carb Comfort
Food Cookbook, Eades and Solomon
(Wiley, 2005)
Serves 4

fresh beet salad sous vide

For the salad

  • 1 pound (16 oz/454 g) fresh beets, trimmed, well scrubbed, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups (10.5 oz/300 grams) freshly torn salad greens
  • 1 small orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 ounces feta crumbles

For the vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons (1 fl oz/30 ml) sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz/3 g) salt
  • 1 tablespoon (.3 oz/8.4 g) fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon (.5 fl oz/15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  1. Fill and preheat the water oven to 182–185ºF (83–85ºC).
  2. Vacuum seal the beets in a large (1 gallon/3.78 liter) food-grade pouch.
  3. Cook for at least 1 hour (up to 2 hours.)
  4. At this point, you can quick chill the beets in their pouch in ice water (half ice, half water) and refrigerate for up to 48 hours, if necessary, or allow the beets to cool slightly and proceed.
  5. In a small bowl, make a light vinaigrette by combining the vinegar, salt, and chives and allowing the mixture to sit for a few minutes.
  6. Whisk the olive oil into the vinegar and pour about 2/3 of it over the cool beets, tossing to coat.
  7. Chill for at least 10 minutes (or up to several hours).
  8. When ready to serve, divide the fresh greens among four chilled plates, divide the beets and orange sliced evenly among the plates, top each with some of the feta crumbles, and serve with an added drizzle of the remaining vinaigrette.
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