Watercress, Beet, and Fennel Salad

Highly flexible recipe for a roasted beet salad mixed up with mayo and a few other surprises!


  • 1 pound beets, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as chives, parsley, and dill)
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced, plus 1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds


Heat oven to 400° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the beets with the oil; season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast until tender, 18 to 20 minutes.  In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, herbs, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Add the watercress, fennel, and beets and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the fennel fronds.


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