This salad combines the best flavors of fall for an elegant dish you’ll wish you could re-create all year.
What to buy: We tested this recipe with mesclun mix, and though it would suffice in a pinch, we preferred mixed chicory. Whole heads of chicory are ideal for this salad; choose a variety of textures and colors for a stunning presentation.
Game plan: The shallots can be pickled and the vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days in advance.
- 1Prepare an ice water bath by filling a bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside. Bring a small saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the shallots and blanch until tender, about 30 seconds. Drain and place the shallots in the ice water bath until cool. Drain and set aside.
- 2Combine the vinegar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the boiling liquid over the reserved shallots and pickle until the shallots are slightly wilted and have lost any sharp taste, about 5 minutes.
- 3Drain the shallots into a strainer set over a large, heatproof salad bowl, collecting any pickling liquid in the bowl; set the shallots aside.
- 4Whisk the tangerine juice, mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and measured pepper into the pickling liquid. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- 5Add the chicory and tangerine segments and toss well to combine. Top with the pomegranate seeds and pickled shallots and serve.
Beverage pairing: Cesconi Traminer, Italy. Traminer is a relative of Gewürztraminer, but it doesn’t have as much bitter florality. It does, however, have wonderfully bright acidity, lively citrus flavors, and a hint of green, making it a punchy pairing with this salad.