Roasted Beets, Fresh Fennel andOrange Salad with Watercress Drizzled with Orange Infused Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad

Use naval oranges because there are no seeds.  No seeds make eating this salad a pleasant experience.  You can also switch it around and use golden beets and blood oranges instead.  It’s the color thing you are going for.  Bump the salad up a notch by sprinkling a bit of crumbled goat cheese or Maytag blue cheese on the finished dish.

Serves 8

For the Vinaigrette

¼         Cup White Balsamic Vinegar

¼         Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

1          Medium Shallot, Peeled

1          Tablespoon Coarse Grain Mustard

¼         Cup XVOO

¼         Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil

½         Teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt

¼         Teaspoon Freshly Group Black Pepper

For the Salad

6          Large Roasted Beets

2          Medium Fresh Fennel Bulbs, Trimmed of Frons, Core Removed and Thinly Sliced Lengthwise

3          Large Navel Oranges, Skin and White Pith Cut Off, Sliced in Half Lengthwise and Each Half Sliced into ¼” Slices Crosswise

4          Cups Baby Watercress, Trimmed of Long Thick Stems

Put the vinegar, orange juice, shallot and mustard in a blender and process until pureed.  Wish the motor running add the oil in a slow and steady stream and blend until completely emulsified.  Add the salt and pepper and blend until combined.  Transfer to a glass jar or a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. (Vinaigrette can be made a day or 2 in advance.)

In a medium bowl toss the fennel with some of the vinaigrette; enough to just barely coat the fennel.

On a salad plate place 3 half slices of the beets overlapping each other.  Place 3 or 4 slices of oranges on the plate in the same manner as the beets.  Top with some of the fennel.  Mound a bit of watercress on the plate and drizzle all with the vinaigrette. 

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