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Mar 14, 2008

Warm Beet and Onion Salad Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae

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Serves: 4 // Prep time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: about 1½ hours

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • .25 oz fresh basil
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 2 golden beets
  • 2 hearts of romaine
  • 1 oranges
  • 2 red beets
  • 1 white onions

Oil and Spices

  • .5 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • .25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • .5 tsp kosher salt

Condiments

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Ingredients

  • 2 medium golden beets with leafy tops, each about 2½ inches in diameter
  • 2 medium red beets with leafy tops, each about 2½ inches in diameter
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Dressing

  • 1 medium orange
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, cut crosswise into ½-inch slices
  • 2 hearts of romaine

Instructions

  1. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  2. Trim the leafy tops from the beets leaving about ½ inch attached; reserve the tops. Leave the root ends intact. Scrub the beets under cold water. Lightly brush with oil. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the beets over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 1 to 1½ hours depending on their size, turning once. Remove from the grill and let stand until cool enough to handle. Trim the ends from the beets and discard. Rub off the skins. Cut the beets into ¼- to ½-inch slices and place the red beets and the golden beets in separate bowls (to keep the red beets from dying the golden beets red).

  3. Wash and dry the orange. With a zester, scrape off 1 tablespoon of zest. Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler to remove enough strips of zest to total 1 tablespoon when finely chopped. Reserve the zest. Cut the remaining skin and white pith from the orange and, working over a medium bowl, separate the orange into sections, letting the sections and any juice fall into the bowl. Add the reserved orange zest and the remaining dressing ingredients to the orange sections. Gently stir to combine.

  4. Lightly brush the onion slices with some of the dressing and grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly, then separate into rings.

  5. Rinse the reserved leafy tops of the beets under cold water. Select the smallest, most tender leaves and place with the romaine lettuce in a large bowl. Add half of the dressing and toss. Divide the lettuce mixture among four salad plates. Top with the beets and the onion rings and drizzle on the remaining dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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