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.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

45 mins
33 mins
15 mins
1 hr 33 mins


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  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • In a large bowl, combine beets and vegetables. Pour Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette over the vegetable mixture. Toss lightly to coat.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

222 calories; fat 12g; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 26g; insoluble fiber 6g; protein 3g; vitamin a 8017.4IU; vitamin c 22.4mg; sodium 300mg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 1.4mg.