Spinach Salad with Fennel, Beets, and Balsamic-Lemon-Pomegranate Dressing

by cillefish

Spinach Fennel Beet Salad. Image credit: islandgardening.com
My roommate Jono makes this; it’s sweet and tangy and has a ton going on. the body of the spinach, cheese, and nuts, and the richness of the beets and pomegranate flavors lend complexity to the sweeter notes.

  • 2 red beets, roasted (or 1/3 to 1/2 of a can)
  • 1 package baby spinach
  • 1 /2 package mache or spring greens
  • 4 inches fennel bulb, halved and sliced as thin as possible
  • 1/2 – 1 c walnuts, chopped a bit (not too much) and toasted in a small saucepan (no oil) until they start to smell like toast and just barely change color
  • 1 – 1 1/2 c slices of tangerines (about 3 tangerines)
  • 1 1/2 small fuji apple, cored, sliced into 1/8 slices, and then sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup (about 3 inches) good-quality, firm, crumbly bleu cheese (should have a musty odor when broken)

Ahead of time, roast beets (cut off greens 1 in away from tops, place in a Pyrex or stoneware dish that has a lid, drizzle with olive oil, and roast, covered, on 350° for 1 hr – 1:20)

Chop all other salad ingredients; toss; top with dressing (below) and several turns of freshly ground black pepper; toss again.

For dressing, whisk together “to taste” these ingredients in a jar and then “shake the shit out of it” (or place in food processor):

  • 3/4 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • barely a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • lemon juice to taste (1-2 Tbsp)
  • 1-2 Tbsp stone-ground mustard (something spicier – stone-ground with horseradish is fine)
  • 2 tsp honey (or agave nectar)
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