Yields 2 servings/Time 1.5 hours plus overnight

Eat your vegetables! This recipe features a bone marrow vinaigrette to top a roasted beet and bitter green salad. Lemon zest and lemon juice pair wonderfully with the rich roasted marrow for the dressing and toasted hazelnuts provide a satisfying crunch to the spicy, bitter greens and earthy beets. The vinaigrette will thicken when it cools. Gently reheat it to dress greens or spread it on toast.

You will need:

Beet salad

4 large red beets (can use different colored beets for visual effect, though will need to be cooked separately)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or other light vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey
4 bay leaves
6 sprigs thyme
½ cup chopped dandelion greens
2 cups baby arugula
½ cup chopped watercress
½ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts


3 or 4 pieces of bone marrow
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon cider vinegar (or other light vinegar)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the beet salad

  • Preheat oven to 350. In a high sided roasting dish, place beets, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, bay leaves, and thyme
  • Add enough water to cover beets ¾ of the way. Cover with a lid or foil and cook 45 minutes
  • Take beets out of the cooking liquid, and while still warm, use a clean towel to remove skins, cut into wedges


For the vinaigrette

  • Soak marrow bones in ice water overnight
  • Preheat oven to 450. Place bone marrow pieces in a roasting dish, cook about 20 minutes
  • Reserve any drippings in a mixing bowl. Scoop marrow out and place in a blender with all other vinaigrette ingredients
  • Puree until smooth, drizzling in reserved drippings. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
  • To Assemble: Combine beets, greens, and hazelnuts in a large mixing bowl. Dress with bone marrow vinaigrette, adjust with salt and pepper