Fresh with spring produce, pretty as a blossom, this beet, fennel and citrus salad is suitable for both Easter and Passover. No, really.
For 800 years, Ashkenazic Jews skipped seeds and beans at Passover, classifying them as kitniyot.
That includes bean sprouts and tahini — sesame seed paste. Then in 2016, the Rabbinical Council lifted the ban. It’s a happy result of cuisines and cultures blending. Beans and seeds had always been part of the seder table with Jews from Yemen and the Middle East. Bean sprouts, like the ones grown by Miami’s own Fullei Fresh are vibrant and nutrient-packed, but fluffy and flossy — perfect for spring. So let this salad be part of your Passover or Easter. Enjoy. L’chaim. To life.
Traditional meets Tropical Salad, featuring Fullei Fresh Sprouts
- 1 whole large beet or two small, greens trimmed and reserved for another use.
- 1 large fennel bulb fronds trimmed and reserved for another use
- 1 teaspoon olive oil for drizzling
- 1 tangerine sectioned (you may substitute an orange or a handful of kumquats)
- 2-3 cups fresh tender greens such as spinach or arugula
- 2-3 cups assorted Fullei Fresh sprouts such as beet sprouts, clover sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, spicy sprouts, crunchy mix and sunflower shoots
- 2 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste, available in most grocery and specialty stores, stirred well
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or other mild vinegar
- 3 tablespoons walnuts toasted
- 3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds optional
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to finish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Chop beet roots off from the greens. Save the beet greens for later — they’re related to chard, are tender and mild-flavored, terrific to add to soups whole grain and beans dishes. It’s free nourishment and less food waste.
- Rinse whole beet and wrap tightly in foil. Place on baking sheet and roast for 1 hour.
- Chop fennel bulb into bite-sized pieces. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, so fennel is tender and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Remove beets from oven and allow to cool. Skin should slip right off. Both beet and fennel may be roasted a day ahead,, and stored in airtight containers and chilled in the refrigerator.
- For the dressing, mix together tahini and orange juice, stirring well to create a smooth, creamy dressing. Add vinegar and give a final stir.
- To assemble, channel your inner artist. Spread spinach or other tender greens on a platter or large, shallow bowl. Scatter on fennel.
- Sprinkle on assorted Fullei Fresh bean and green sprouts, then top with tangerine, beets, walnuts and pomegranate seeds, if adding.
- Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. Dot dressing on top.