This salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. And it’s super nutritious to boot! We used red beets and golden beets but use any of the gorgeous varieties that you’ll find at the farmers’ markets this time of year.
8–10 medium beets, approximately the same size
6 stalks rhubarb, ends trimmed and cut into
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons pecan oil (or olive oil)
2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
¾ cup whole milk yogurt
Tarragon and parsley for garnish
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425° (400° if using convection).
Wash beets and trim the tops and roots.
Place each beet on a 6-inch square of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with salt and wrap well. Beets should be entirely enclosed in the foil.
Place beets on a baking sheet and roast for about 50 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. They should pierce easily with a paring knife. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
Sprinkle rhubarb with sugar and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for about 12 minutes or until pieces have softened. Set aside.
Combine vinegar, pomegranate molasses and honey. Whisk in oil and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Combine yogurt with chopped herbs and refrigerate.
Remove beets from foil. Peel the beets and slice into wedges.
Place beets in a serving bowl. Scatter rhubarb, onions and a generous garnish of tarragon and parsley. Drizzle with vinaigrette and allow to sit at room temperature for at least an hour for flavors to meld. Just before serving, top with yogurt.
COURTESY OF NINA BUTKIN
Nina Butkin, vice president of design at Fabricut Inc. in Tulsa, is not only a talented textiles designer but also an impressive cook. She earned a bachelor in fine arts degree in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design and moved to Tulsa in 1994 to work for Fabricut. Nina and her husband, Robert, temper busy careers with three active teen and tween girls—Claire, Julia and Olivia—and their various activities. Robert loves beets and Nina adapted this unique beet and rhubarb salad recipe from a favorite cookbook.