Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ have you ever seen a prettier salad?  Paper thin rounds of winter root veggies are stacked and then lightly dressed with olive oil and a balsamic glaze.  This is the ultimate winter salad!

A beautiful and healthy Shaved Winter Salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I’m pretty sure you’ve never had a salad quite like this before, this little stack of finely shaved winter veggies isn’t your run of the mill starter.  But you’ll be happy to hear it’s a cinch to put together, provided you’ve got a selection of root vegetables, and a mandolin.  You need the mandolin because these colorful vegetables are sliced paper thin. 

TIP: There’s thin, and then there’s THIN.  These slices should ideally be translucent and flexible.  Take a few practice swings with your mandolin until you get it right. 

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ a beautiful, crunchy, healthy salad for the colder months ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

When you slice something this thinly, even a vegetable as tough as beets can be enjoyed raw.  I love them this way, they’re crunchy like carrots, and the beet flavor is all there.  The thin slicing also blunts the sharp spicy bite of the radishes, and makes them more palatable.   It’s a fun new way to get your daily veggie quotient in mid-winter when vegetables can get pretty drab

If you thought radishes were just a garnish, think again.  Radishes have the ability to cleanse the digestive system and break down toxins in the body.  they aid digestion, and, like their siblings in the cruciferous family, fight cancer!

Vegetables for Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I used several different types of root veggies in my shaved winter vegetable salad ~ it pays to really scour your produce section for unusual varieties.  One day I found the beautiful watermelon radishes, and then I spotted some black radishes, and envisioned the salad from there.  I chose smallish beets, both golden and red, and I wish I had gotten some beautiful pink and white chioggia beets (see them in my Pink Beet Chips recipe) but there were none to be found.  I grabbed some carrots in a couple of different colors, and the bunch of pink, purple, and white baby radishes was a lucky last minute find.

TIP:  Once you got your vegetables sliced, stack them on top of lettuce, or dill fronds, starting with the largest, graduating up to the smallest.

Delicate and beautiful Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Once the salad is assembled, dribble on a bit of your best olive oil, a few drops of balsamic glaze, and get ready to impress!  Note that this salad is best presented on individual plates, but you can also make shaved salads on a platter, too, like I did with my Shaved Apple and Radish Salad.

Other root vegetables to try in a shaved winter vegetable salad:

  • yams
  • sweet potato
  • parsnips
  • turnips
  • rutabagas
  • kohlrabi
  • jicama
  • Jerusalem artichokes

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Yield: serves 4

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 small golden beet
  • 1 small red beet
  • 1 black radish
  • 1 watermelon radish
  • 1 orange carrot
  • 1 purple rainbow carrot
  • 4 small radishes
  • 4 lettuce leaves, or one bunch of fresh dill
  • olive oil
  • balsamic glaze, or pomegranate molasses
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Scrub the beets and the large radishes but do not peel. Trim the leafy stem end off and slice on the 1/8 inch setting of your mandolin. This may take a bit of trial and error to get the slices just right. You want them to be thin and almost translucent. Put the slices on a wet plate and cover with a wet kitchen towel while you work.
  2. Peel the carrots and slice them the same way. Be very careful of your fingers when you are doing this. Use the safety guard provided with your mandolin whenever possible.
  3. To assemble your salads, put a layer of dill or a leaf or two of lettuce on each of 4 small plates.
  4. Start with the largest rounds and layer the vegetables in a loose stack. Top with the smaller carrots.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve right away.
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notes:

  • Slice the vegetables ahead if you need to, but keep them crisp under a wet towel in the refrigerator and assemble your salads at the last minute.
  • If you want more of a full classic salad, put several leaves of lettuce down first, then a thin round of red onion, and top with the shaved vegetables. 

 

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Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ have you ever seen a prettier salad? Delicate shaved rounds of winter root veggies are stacked and then lightly dressed with oil and a balsamic glaze.

 

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24 Responses to Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

  1. Mia Myers says:

    Beautiful! How do I create a link to my Rainbow Beet Collection? There’s more to beets than borscht!

    Mia Myers
    SmartSeeds

  2. Just gorgeous, those stacked colors are so enticing! Almost too pretty to eat – I’m sure this salad tastes as great as it looks. :)

  3. Monique says:

    Gorgeous colors..you have always made beautiful salads.

  4. Anna says:

    What a beautiful piece of edible art! I love your imagination and always look forward to your posts the most:))

  5. cheri says:

    Gorgeous salad Sue, love all the beautiful color.

  6. Alexandra says:

    This is much like having a great time in the art class! Wonderful synthesis of colors and textures, Sue!

  7. Mary says:

    simply beautiful – so healthful and delicious.

  8. Absolutely beautiful, Sue! Love everything about this salad. Heading off to the store today in search of some veggies to make this with :)

  9. Katrin says:

    This salad looks just incredible! So vibrant!

  10. annie says:

    I adore root veggies! I love how you made them truly shine in this lovely salad.

  11. Such a beautiful salad and so good for you. Great photos, makes me want to make this tonight.

  12. Well this is the most gorgeous, colorful, salad I’ve ever seen! I want to run out and buy all these vegetable and make this now! Pinning and sharing this gorgeous treat.

  13. Erren says:

    I love the colors! This sounds beautiful!

  14. What a GORGEOUS salad!!! And the photos are beautiful.

  15. What a beautiful salad! I love all those colors.

  16. I wish I could find those gorgeous radishes over here…the salad looks out of this world, Sue.

  17. Spectacular! Love everything about this beautiful salad. The simple dressing sounds like a perfect way to enhance the delicious veggies.

  18. Adina says:

    I love how colorful your recipes are! This one looks amazing as well!

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