August 31, 2010

Winter Salad

Today is officially the last day of Winter, and although for someone who grew up in the Arctic the Sydney Winter has hardly been very wintery at all, there is still a reason for celebration. I am celebrating the last day of Winter with this colourful Winter salad that certainly creates a sensation of celebration just by looking at it.

There are just so many flavours and textures going on, but somehow they all still manage to come together and complement each other. This winter salad is undeniably a seasonal salad, but it is so light and delicious I urge you to try it whenever you have a chance.

Winter Salad

(Recipe adapted from the Masterchef Recipes)

6 baby beetroots

3 thyme sprigs

2 garlic cloves

1 tbs olive oil

1/2 cup blanched almonds

1 white witlof, small leaves picked, bigger leaves cut into half

4 small red radishes, washed and cut into halves or quarters

1/2 bulb of fennel, thinly sliced

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 Murcott mandarin, peeled and broken into segments

1/2 Murcott mandarin, zested & juiced

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Cut most of the stems of the beetroots and place them on a piece of foil covered with a smaller piece of baking paper. Add the thyme sprigs, garlic and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil into a loose parcel, place in an oven dish and bake for 40 minutes or until the beets are just tender. Set aside to cool and peel off the skins. Cut the cooled down beets into halves or quarters.

Put the almonds in a small saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to boil. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, drain and let cool. Cut into slices (alternatively you could use slivered almonds). Heat a small frying pan and lightly toast the almonds until golden.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the mandarin zest and juice, mustard and honey and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the olive oil whisking continuously until slightly thickened.

Assemble all the salad ingredients on a plate and drizzle generously with the vinaigrette. Serve with fish or chicken.

Happy Last Day of Winter!


  1. I'm so glad winter has finally finished, I love the sound of you celebrating winter with some winter dishes. I might make a soup tonight for tea.

  2. Oh yes a very appropriate way to celebrate the last day of Winter and the first day of Spring! Lovely plate and styling too Maria! :)

  3. huray for the last day of winter!

  4. You've been a blogging machine recently Maria! Another great looking dish.

  5. looks really healthy and glad I stumbled across this recipe as I'm trying to be a bit more healthy and eat a few more salads!

  6. Maria, your celebration winter salad looks gorgeous and sounds delicious. This is my first visit to your blog and I really like what I've found here. I love your recipes and the food you feature. I'll be back often. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Oh no, last day of winter for you means it's last day of summer for me! GAH! Guess I better bookmark your winter salad!

  8. How funny, you are all celebrating the end of winter and we are just getting ours, or have had ours last forever in the UK!!!! This looks like a really lovely dish and one to make. Full of colour and flavour!

  9. This is an absolutely beautiful salad with all the different colors in there. I love the orange for a bit of tart/sweet flavor!

  10. What a lovely dish to celebrate the last day of Winter! The presentation of your dish for the photo is outstanding! The cool blue colour with bright orange accents : a perfect symbol of imminent spring!

  11. Hi Maria, i stumbled across your blog and love it. I am Swedish and when i grew up as a kid my best friend was finish and her mother used to make amazing rice and egg perogies and still to this day i think about them and hope to find the recipe. Anyway that is lot of info but nice to find your blog.

  12. LOVE the shot of the beetroot!! Maria you're pumping out the recipes like there's no tomorrow. Please come over & help me with my backlogue?

  13. your winter salad is so gorgeous!!!
    beautiful, cheery colors!!!

  14. It's like a rainbow on a plate! So fresh and vibrant looking.


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