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Local Citrus, Beet and Watercress Salad with Candied Walnuts and Pecorino Pepato

Source:

Alessandro Cartumini Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel, Silicon Valley.

It was prepared at a Market to Table cooking demonstration on February 27, 2010

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Walnuts
Oil for greasing a sheet pan
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

Vinaigrette
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Salad
8 baby gold beets
8 baby red or candy striped beets
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 grapefruit, peeled to the flesh, sliced
2 blood oranges, peeled to the flesh, segmented
2 tangerines, peeled to the flesh, segmented
2 sweet limes, peeled to the flesh, thinly sliced
2 heads frisée or other seasonal mild lettuce, tough outer leaves removed, washed and dried
2 handfuls watercress leaves, picked, washed and dried
½ red onion, thinly shaved
2 ounces thinly shaved Bellwether Farms pecorino pepato

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Toss beets in olive oil, salt and pepper and bake until soft, about 20 minutes.  Peel.

  2. Preheat oven to 350º and oil a baking sheet.  Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to simmer. Stirring constantly, simmer until the sugar-walnut mixture starts to caramelize.
  3. Strain walnuts, discard sugar-water syrup and place walnuts on oiled baking sheet.  Being careful not to burn your fingers, separate the walnut pieces.  Bake until walnuts are caramelized, about 10 minutes. Let walnuts cool down and reserve.
  4. Add all vinaigrette ingredients into a blender and blend until emulsified.  Reserve.
  5. Lay citrus segments on serving dish, season with oil, salt and cracked black pepper.
  6. In a large bowl toss beets, greens and onion with vinaigrette and place over citrus. Garnish with shaved pecorino pepato and candied walnuts, enjoy.

 

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