Before large summer tomatoes are ripe enough for Greek salad, chefs including Vongerichten make it with sweet roasted beets instead.Before large summer tomatoes are ripe enough for Greek salad, swap in sweet roasted beets instead. Prep tip: Don't dump the tops of low-calorie celery! Toss those leaves and tender stems into the salad.


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Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups salad)


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  • Preheat oven to 325°F.

  • Put beets on a large sheet of foil. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper.

  • Wrap up beets tightly and roast until a knife pierces through them easily, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Unwrap beets. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into wedges. Whisk vinegar, remaining 3 Tbsp. oil, onion, chile and a pinch of salt.

  • Arrange beets on 4 serving plates. Drizzle with a little dressing and season with salt and pepper. Top with romaine, celery, feta and olives. Drizzle remaining dressing all over. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Garnish with celery leaves and serve.


Recipe adapted with permission from the publisher, Clarkson Potter, from Home Cooking With Jean-Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Genevieve Ko. Copyright 2011.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; fat 14.3g; saturated fat 3.1g; mono fat 9.3g; poly fat 1.4g; protein 5g; carbohydrates 22g; fiber 6g; cholesterol 8mg; iron 2mg; sodium 523mg; calcium 122mg.