Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Beet Carpaccio

My purpose with this beautiful Beet Carpaccio, aside from celebrating my return to the online world (with a brand new router), is to convince us both that it's possible to lose a few pounds (ok...8-10) without a sense of deprivation.

This dish tasted as good as it looked! Raw Chioggia and golden beets sliced thin and topped with capers, baby red chard topped with diced avocado, all topped with a simple Lemon-Dijon vinaigrette.

Although the golden beets were a little bitter, the Chioggia beets were just right, making this was a very satisfying antipasti. The Lemon-Dijon vinaigrette was very flavorful, even in the smallest amount, and the creamy indulgence of avocado really hit the spot. I kept this version vegan, but carpaccio (an Italian antipasti, typically consisting of thinly sliced raw beef) is frequently topped with shaved Parmesan. Finely sliced red onion is also a common addition. Next time, I'll substitute sweet pine nuts for the walnuts.



Blogger cookiecrumb said...

That just looks like HAPPY food!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

What a feast for the eyes! Beautiful, Catherine.

7:29 PM  
Blogger zippiknits said...

It's beautiful and AND i can actually eat everything in it. yay! Thank you for the lovely food display.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Melody Polakow said...

that is soooo beautiful. I can't wait until we get some fresh produce here in New England!

Congratulations on the weight loss!

4:08 AM  
Blogger A Few Reservations said...

Holy Shazam! That looks gorgeous!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I would enjoy this for sure! Makes me wish spring was here - got good. I have that same plate! :)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

So cheerful and colorful. I love this!

2:42 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

That is such a perfect thing to do with those beets. LOVE it!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Michael Procopio said...

I have to say that this is one of the most inviting-looking salads I've ever seen.

Um, did you channel Mama Celeste at the end there?

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

That looks soooo good! Beautiful.

1:48 PM  

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