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Roasted Carrot Salad with Smoked Pickled Beets

Difficulty 2/5
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Prep time 30 mins

Cook time 2.5 hrs
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Serves 6-8

Hardwood Cherry

Wood-fired roasted carrots have found their perfect counterpart. These pickled beets are smoked and tossed with roasted carrots in a dijon lemon vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Pickled Beets

2 lbs beets

2 cups white vinegar

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp mustard seed

1/2 onion, sliced

2 bay leaves

2 tsp black peppercorns

1/2 bunch fresh dill

4 cloves garlic, smashed

Salad

6 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

1 Tsp cumin

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp Sherry vinegar

1 TSP Dijon mustard

1/2 cup, plus 3 tsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preparation

Cook beets in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 1 hour. Drain, allow to cool slightly and slip off skins.

Place on grill and smoke for 60 minutes. Remove from grill, slice into 1/2-inch pieces and place in a heat proof bowl.

Bring remaining ingredients to a boil in a 2 to 3-quart saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over cut beets. Cover with a plate to keep beets submerged in pickling liquid.

For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the cumin, lemon juice, vinegar, and Dijon mustard in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup oil, then mint. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook carrots in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute. Strain and transfer to a bowl.

Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (set to 500 degrees F if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed 10-15 minutes.

Season carrots with salt and pepper. Toss carrots with 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place beets in same bowl and toss with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons oil.

Add beets to baking sheet on opposite side of carrots. Place in preheated grill and roast, turning once, until just tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Place carrots, beets, 1/4 cup chopped parsley and feta cheese in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to coat. Arrange on a small platter. Sprinkle remaining chopped parsley over top. Enjoy!

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