Garden to Table: Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

 

Beets are an antioxidant superfood that have always grown pretty easily in our garden here in Guatemala. They are soooo good for you so I am always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare them. The below salad is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

salad_rc_BeetGoat-CheeseAru.jpg.rend.sni18colBenefits of Beets:

  • Help regulate blood pressure
  • Promote cognitive health
  • Prevent against anemia
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Detoxification properties
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Improve digestion

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 medium beets, cooked and quartered
6 cups fresh arugula
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled

Directions
Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the salad atop 4 plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.

Stay tuned for more Garden to Table recipes!

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