Hawaiian Pickled Beet Salad
Place carrots, cucumber and daikon in a medium heatproof bowl. Combine 1/2 cup each water, sugar and rice vinegar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the vegetables. Let marinate, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.Advertisement
Meanwhile, bring 1 inch of water in the saucepan fitted with a steamer basket to a boil over high heat. Add beets, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add 2 cups water, the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, red-wine vinegar, lemongrass, ginger and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the beets. Let marinate, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add kale, garlic and 3 tablespoons water; cook, stirring, until the kale is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons water and 1/4 teaspoon salt; puree until the consistency of pesto.
Spread the kale puree on a serving platter. Drain the beets and arrange on top of the kale. Serve topped with the marinated vegetables.
To make ahead: Refrigerate pickled beets and kale puree (Steps 2-4) for up to 2 days.
2 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat