Mosaic of beetroot & radish with horseradish dressing

Mosaic of beetroot & radish with horseradish dressing

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Serves
6-8

From the extravagant to the simple; you’ll need a mandolin for this or a steady hand and a sharp knife. The slimmer the slices, the prettier this plate can be. If you can find multi-coloured radishes in white, pink, red, purple and black, all the better. Radishes were originally black, then bred to be red; same with carrots, which were originally purple and then bred to be orange – something to do with the royal family in the Netherlands.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100g caster sugar
2 tablespoons sea salt
200ml red wine vinegar
2 red beetroots, peeled
2 golden and/or pink beetroots, peeled
150g multi-coloured radishes, very thinly sliced

For the dressing:

Quantity Ingredient
50ml the drained beetroot pickling juice, (from beetroots above)
50ml olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
5cm fresh horseradish root or a smear of wasabi paste, peeled and finely grated
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the garnish:

Quantity Ingredient
30g nibbed pistachio nuts
1/2 pomegranate, seeds only

Method

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar and salt with the vinegar until dissolved. Then add the whole beetroots and enough water to cover them. Cook over a medium-low heat for 40 minutes or until tender.
  2. Remove the cooked beetroots from the cooking liquid using a slotted spoon and set aside to cool, reserving the liquid. Put half the radish slices in some of the beetroot cooking juices. After half an hour, they will be pink.
  3. Cut the cooled beetroots into fine slices. Arrange some in overlapping layers in the middle of a large, round plate. Arrange the radish slices and remaining beetroot slices in concentric circles around the plate.
  4. Mix the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad. Dot with bright green pistachio nibs and blood-red pomegranate seeds.
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