Marinated Vegetable Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad

This is the best way I know to keep your mom or dad from hollering at you about eating your vegetables.

Marinated Vegetable Salad
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  1. 1/2 pound wax beans or green beans
  2. 1 bunch thin asparagus
  3. 2 broccoli crowns
  4. 1 head cauliflower
  5. 3 large carrots
  6. 1 golden beet about the size of a baseball
  7. 1 medium red onion, sliced Lyonnaise-style
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Freshly ground black pepper
  10. Juice of 4 tangerines (3/4 cup)*
  11. Juice of 1 lemon (2 tablespoons)
  12. Juice of 2 limes (2 tablespoons)
  13. 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  15. 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  16. 1 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard
  17. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  18. 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh tarragon
  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. When the salt dissolves the water should almost taste like sea-water.
  2. Fill a large bowl 3/4 with ice and water.
  3. Cut each vegetable into uniform pieces: trim the ends of the beans; trim the bottoms off the asparagus; pull the broccoli and cauliflower into florets; cut the carrots into rounds; peel the beet and cut it into wide matchsticks. (See photo for reference)
  4. Blanch each type of vegetable separately in the boiling water until they're easy to chew, but still snappy (al dente, if you will). Pull a piece out every few seconds to check for doneness. The broccoli should only take about 45 seconds, but the cauliflower might take more than a minute. Do the carrots next to last as they'll discolor the water, and finish with the beets. Do not blanch the onion.
  5. As each vegetable is ready, scoop (I use a wire "spider" for this) and deliver to the ice-water bath to halt the cooking process. If you skip this step and the vegetables will continue to cook from residual heat and the final dish will be too soft.
  6. Once cool, thoroughly drain the veggies on paper towels or cooling racks so that they are dry as possible. Meanwhile, transfer the broccoli and the onion to an airtight plastic container or zip-top bags and refrigerate.
  7. Whisk the the tangerine, lemon and lime juices together in a large mixing bowl along with the vinegar, garlic, shallot, mustard and half a teaspoon of the kosher salt.
  8. Whisk continuously while pouring the oil in a thin stream to emulsify. Once all the oil is worked in and the mixture has thickened, add the tarragon then the vegetables (excluding the broccoli and onion). Toss to thoroughly coat. Cover tightly and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning the container periodically to allow the veggies to evenly marinate.
  9. When ready to serve, add the broccoli and onions to the bowl and toss yet again. If you add them earlier, the onions will "bleed" pink on all the vegetables and the broccoli will turn gray from the acidity.
  1. * If you can't find tangerines consider using grapefruit; oranges typically aren't acidic enough.
  2. YIELD: 1 huge platter of vegetables
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  1. 2

    Okay, maybe I’m dense, but I do not see golden beets in the photo, and the recipe refers to the photo for guidance.

  2. 6

    I agree about the post it notes….that might be the best part of this recipe. Your post it notes are fabulous, always.

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    jennifer sabatino

    my thoughts are that i want an entire book of post it note hand drawn recipes and directions from you. i love them. they seem to connect us directly to you and whatever it is you are explaining better than a regular book or photo ever does. i don’t know, maybe i’m just weird :/

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