Salad of Seasonal Beans and Roasted Beets with Sauce Gribiche


Traci Des Jardins, the acclaimed chef of Jardiniere in San Francisco, has been recognized annually as one of the top 3 chefs in the San Francisco Bay area since the restaurant's inception in 1977. Committed to organic and sustainable foods, Traci creates menus that reflect the best the season has to offer, as this beautiful spring salad demonstrates.


3 bunches baby beets (gold, red, or Chioggia) (greens discarded)
  Salt and pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound assorted string beans (yellow wax, haricots certs, Romanos)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 hard-boiled egg (white and yolk separated)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped capers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chervil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  Salt and pepper (to taste)
4 ounces Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix
2 tablespoons finely minced chives
2 tablespoons minced shallots


Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Thoroughly wash the beets, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish, cover with foil, and cook 45 minutes or until tender. Cool, then peel and cut into wedges. Set aside.

Blanch the beans in ample boiling water until just cooked and bright in color. Drain, and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again when cool.

Make a vinaigrette by whisking together the 1/4 cup olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To make the Sauce Gribiche, pass the yolk through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Discard the egg white or reserve for another use. Add the mustard to the yolk and slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly. Add the vinegar, capers, and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, toss the salad greens, beans, chives, and shallots together with half of the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper and place in the center of plate or platter. Toss the beets in the remaining vinaigrette and season to taste. Drizzle the Sauce Gribiche around the greens, then arrange the beets around the salad. Serve immediately.


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