This salad is a beautiful presentation and refreshing any time of year!
4 cups beets, mixed red (and golden if available), whole
7 tbsp walnut oil
2 tbsp tarragon vinegar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 belgian endive, firm and white (and red if available)
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
to taste salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F
Leave on tails and 1 inch of stem on beets,rinse them and place on baking pan with 1/4in water, cover and bake beets until tender when pierced with knife- 25 to 40 minutes depending on size of beets.
Cool beets, then peel and dice into 1/2in cubes.
Mix 4 tbsp of oil,vinegar, salt, pepper to make vinaigrette.
Toss beets in half of vinaigrette
Toss walnuts with the remaining walnut oil, salt, and pepper.
Bake in 350F over 5 to 7 minutes or until they smell toasty. Set aside and cool.
Just before serving, peel endive leaves into individual leaf layers.
Arrange endive leaves into a spoke pattern on individual plates. Spoon beets into the center of plate on end of leaves
Lightly dress endive with vinaigrette. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad and top with walnuts.
Note: If walnut oil is not available, use olive oil and one teaspoon Dijon-style mustard.