Shaved-Vegetable Salad

Michael Symon begins Thanksgiving with this tangle of multicolored vegetables—radishes, golden beet and carrots—tossed with a lemon-dill dressing. Because they're served raw, the vegetables should be sliced very thin, in a food processor or preferably on a mandoline. Symon recommends using a Greek feta for the salad's cheese garnish, because he likes that Greek feta is saltier than some others.


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  • Servings: 10

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  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 small golden beet, peeled and very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 medium carrots, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 6 radishes, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 garlic clove, mince
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 7 minutes. Let cool.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the celery root, beet, onion, carrots and radishes. In a small bowl, whisk the garlic with the lemon juice, oil and dill and season with salt and pepper. Add the dressing and feta to the sliced vegetables and toss well. Transfer to a platter, garnish with the almonds and serve.

Make Ahead

The toasted almonds, vegetables and dressing can be refrigerated separately overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Substantial Rhône-style whites from California tend to have rich, ripe fruit that's excellent with earthy root vegetables.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published November 2011

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