Estonian Roast Beef and Root Vegetable Salad

Maili Kern learned this from her mother in a village on the Baltic Sea in Estonia. It’s a popular dish served on buffet tables at celebrations. The color, bright pink from beets next to bright yellow and white hardboiled eggs, is a stunning example of how powerful simple things can be in the right hands. Maili’s daughter, Krista Desjarlais, has grown up to be one Portland Maine’s greatest chefs. Here’s the family story that might explain why, and the recipe.