Springtime Salad

This simple salad brings together flavors from the wintertime root vegetables that are still in season with a taste of the citrusy goodness that is starting to come into season.  Here’s what you need:

2 beets
1 carrot
2 celery stalks
3 oranges
½ stalk of lemongrass or ½ lime
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Almond slivers for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Juice the three oranges and simmer in a small pot with lemongrass (or lime juice if you can’t find lemongrass) and cinnamon. Continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 2-3 tablespoons. The liquid should be a thick liquid. While the juice is simmering, shred the beets and the carrot into a bowl. Chop the celery and add to the bowl. Strain the juice to remove the lemongrass and toss the salad with the reduced juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and top with slivered almonds.

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