Orange Marinated Chicken Breasts
and Roasted Yellow Beet Salad

Serves 4

Both components of this dish use oranges and mint. This may seem to be too redundant, but their flavors come through in a very different way in each component and play off each other comfortably in the final dish. The addition of feta cheese and purple onions to the beets makes a feta-ching combination. We made this dish in the dead of winter in San Francisco on a stormy, rainy day in early February. The bright flavors and colors made us feel like spring was coming. . .

Chicken Breasts:

  • Put the following ingredients into a food processor:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and the sprout removed
    Zest and juice of 1 large Valencia orange
    Handful of fresh mint leaves
    Sea salt and white pepper, to taste

  • Process all of the above ingredients until the mint leaves are finely chopped.
  • Beet Salad:

    The Salad:

    2-3 large yellow beets
    3 blood oranges
    8 small purple onions (the size of small white boiling onions)
    Feta cheese

    The Dressing:

    1 Valencia orange (for zest and juice)
    Olive oil
    White wine vinegar

    Assembling Sunday Supper:

    Notes:

  • Small purple onions: If these are not available, use 1 medium-sized purple onion. Don't substitute small white onions for purple ones. The dish needs purple to give it a spectrum of color to compliment the yellow of the beets and the red of the blood oranges.
  • Beets: Roasting beets instead of boiling them brings out their hidden sweetness. Boiling often brings out an undesirable earthy flavor that makes many people shy away from eating beets. A roasted beet has a delicate, sweet flavor that will fool even the most die-hard beet-hater.
  • Half-moon slices: To make half-moon slices:

    If you're using a regular medium-sized purple onion, you should first cut the onion in half (crosswise) and then proceed to cut each half into half-moon slices. You should get about 20-25 thin half-moon slices from each half of a medium-sized onion.

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