August Chopped Salad
© Quentin Bacon

August Chopped Salad


Chef Way At his flagship New Orleans restaurant, August, John Besh makes his chopped salad with 21 different kinds of vegetables and herbs.

Easy Way Cut the number of vegetables back to eight; the recipe is still fantastic.

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  1. 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  2. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 1/2 pound prepared beet salad or cooked beets
  5. 18 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  6. 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  7. 1/2 pound marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  8. One 1-pound fennel bulb, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  9. 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  10. 1/2 seedless cucumber—peeled, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  11. 3 ounces pea shoots
  12. 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the dressing to a small bowl and toss with the beets.
  2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Cook the carrots for 5 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to the ice water. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 8 minutes. Drain and add to the carrots; pat dry.
  3. Add the carrots and potatoes to the dressing in the large bowl. Add the artichokes, fennel, radishes, cucumber, pea shoots and dill. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer the salad to plates, scatter the beets on top and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp Spanish white.