Looking at this colorful Root Vegetable Salad really gets me excited for Spring. Freshly picked vegetables are not really in season yet, so I have chosen to use beautiful root vegetables instead with Grilled Chilli Dressing from Jamie Oliver’s book.
The trick is to slice the carrots, celery root, beets and other ingredients as thinly as possible. Use a very sharp knife or a good peeler to perfect this recipe. And when handling your chilli pepper, wear either gloves or rub your hands in olive oil before coming in contact with it. This small red baby can BURN!!!
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 10 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- small bunch of fresh mint, chopped
- sea salt
- 3 different color beetroot, peeled
- 3 carrots (if available different colors), peeled
- 1 celery heart
- 1/2 a small radicchio, washed & dried
- 7 small radishes, topped & tailed
- 1 fennel bulb, peeled and leave the green top for decorating
- Prick chilli with a fork, to make sure it wont pop once cooked. Put the chilli in the oven on broil and watch closely, once it turned dark turn to the other side. Immediately place cooked chilli in the bowl and cover for 15 minutes. This way it will steam in it's own heat, so the skin will peel off easily.
- Peel the chilli (see picture above), open it and scrape out the seeds. Finely chop the flesh of chilli and mix with other ingredients in a bowl, then mix well.
- Using a very good peeler shave the carrots, the beets, and the celery root. If it's too hard, use well sharpened knife and slice everything as thinly as possible. Slice radicchio, the radishes, and the fennel very finely and add to the bowl.
- Pour Chilli dressing over the salad, adjust the seasoning to your liking and sprinkle with fennel reserved green top.
- Original recipe from Jamie Oliver's book was calling for three chillis in the dressing. I have started with one and the next day made the dressing with two chillies and I was literally on FIRE. But if you have a good tolerance to a hot / spicy food go ahead and enjoy all three of chillies!