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Harvest Root Vegetable Salad

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Harvest Root Vegetable Salad

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Cook 33 mins to 34 mins
  • Cool 15 mins

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A tarragon vinaigrette dresses this side-dish salad, which is based on five root veggies. It adds bright color to your plate and nutrients to your diet.


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium beets
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or salt
  • Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or salt
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium rutabaga (about 10 oz., peeled and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 6 Boston or Bibb lettuce cups
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives


  1. Thoroughly wash the fresh beets, but avoid using a stiff vegetable brush because the beets have very thin skins. In a 4-quart Dutch oven bring beets, 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until tender. Drain. Let the beets stand until cool enough to handle. Peel beets by slipping off the skins. (You want the beets to still be warm so the skins will come off easily.) Chop the beets; set aside. Meanwhile, prepare Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette.
  2. In the Dutch oven bring 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to boiling. Add carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, and turnip. Boil gently, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are just crisp-tender. Drain. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl of ice water; cool. Drain well. (Beets and vegetables can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Keep beets in a separate container from other vegetables.)
  3. In a large bowl, combine beets and vegetables. Pour Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette over the vegetable mixture. Toss lightly to coat.
  4. To serve, arrange Boston or Bibb lettuce cups on salad plates. Spoon the vegetable mixture into each lettuce cup. Sprinkle with chives. Makes 6 side-dish servings.

Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette


  • 1/3 cup tarragon vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh tarragon, summer savory, or rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine tarragon vinegar, sugar, tarragon, dry mustard, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. Cover and process or blend until smooth. With processor or blender running, gradually add olive oil and process or blend until combined. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir just before serving. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Nutrition Facts

(Harvest Root Vegetable Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 6, calcium (mg) 71, Fat, total (g) 12, vit. A (IU) 8017, carb. (g) 26, iron (mg) 1, pro. (g) 3, cal. (kcal) 222, vit. C (mg) 22, sodium (mg) 300, fiber (g) 6, sat. fat (g) 2

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