Sweet, earthy beets and tangy, bright citrus are a heavenly pair, but when you toss some cool, crisp fennel into the mix you have a truly memorable trio.
The natural bite of the radishes is balanced by fresh basil, orange segments, and a simple citrus dressing.
A simple and delicious dessert, it is much more interesting when the caramel has a bitter edge.
This is my Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon salad. The two main ingredients -- carrot and avocado -- might not seem compatible or connected, but your first bite will convince you otherwise. The carrots are roasted with cumin and paired with orange, both classic pairings for the vegetable. The citrus goes great with cilantro, and both are a fine match for avocado. Before you know it, you have this fresh, vibrant salad. I love the carrots roasted to the same creamy softness of avocado. The contrast comes not from the texture but from the fact that one's warm from the oven and the other's cool from the fridge.
The classic accents of briny olives and tart oranges balance the mellow sweetness of fennel when it is cooked until fork-tender.