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Recipe: Pickle a stalk of fresh rhubarb and use it to garnish a salad of golden beets

Golden beet salad with pickled rhubarb
Golden beet salad with pickled rhubarbSally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

Serves 4

Fresh rhubarb will “pickle” overnight in a brine based on apple cider vinegar. The next day, roast a bunch of golden beets in foil, with an orange and fresh dill tucked into the packet. Slice the beets, and dress them with the rhubarb, a lemony vinaigrette, mint, and dill.

RHUBARB

½cup apple cider vinegar
½cup water
teaspoons sugar
teaspoons salt
1stalk fresh rhubarb, trimmed and thinly sliced

1. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar. and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.

2. Put the rhubarb in a heatproof bowl and pour the brine over it. Cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

BEETS

2pounds (6 medium) golden beets, stems removed, well scrubbed
1navel orange, halved
½small bunch fresh dill
Salt, to taste

1. Set the oven at 425 degrees. Have on hand a rimmed baking sheet.

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2. Lay a 16-inch sheet of foil on the counter. Add the beets close together and add the orange, dill, and a sprinkle of salt. Roll the edges of the foil so that the beets are enclosed and tightly sealed so no air escapes.

3. Set the packet on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Cook the beets for 1 hour, or until they are tender when pierced with a skewer (open the foil carefully). Cool to room temperature.

4. Working over the packet, use your fingers and a small knife to peel the skins off of the beets. Slice the beets into wedges.

DRESSING

2tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1clove garlic, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
6tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1small shallot, finely chopped

1. In a blender, pulse the vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Remove the blender cap and slowly add the olive oil.

2. Tip the dressing into a bowl. Whisk in the lemon juice and shallot.

SALAD

1bunch fresh mint, leaves removed
½small bunch fresh dill, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
6ounces goat cheese, sliced

1. Drain the rhubarb. In a large bowl, combine the rhubarb, beets, mint, dill, salt, pepper, and enough of the dressing to moisten them lightly. Spoon onto a platter.

2. Garnish with goat cheese. Lauren Allen


Lauren Allen can be reached at laurenaallen09@gmail.com.