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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

 

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

This colourful salad combines so many different flavours and textures - sweet beets, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and peppery arugula! Enjoy!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 6-8 cups arugula
  • 6-8 cooked beets, diced See note below to roast or boil beets. Or buy prepackaged cooked beets.
  • 1/2 to 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place arugula in a large bowl or serving platter.
  • Top arugula with beets, goat cheese and walnuts.
  • Place dressing ingredients in a jar, add lid and shake well. Or, whisk together dressing ingredients in a cup.
  • Toss salad gently with dressing just before serving.

Notes

To roast beets: For best flavour, roast beets. Trim the beet roots and stems, leaving about 2 inches of stem on each beet. Scrub beets clean under cold water and pat dry. Wrap each beet completely in aluminum foil. Place beets on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast in oven at 400 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beets are fork tender. Remove foil and allow beets to cool, about 10-15 minutes. When beets are still warm but cool enough to touch, peel off the skins. If beets are completely cooled, it will be more difficult to remove the skins. (Note that the beets will stain your fingers. You may choose to wear plastic gloves or use paper towels. )
To boil beets:  Trim the beet roots and stems, leaving about 2 inches of stem on each beet. Scrub beets clean under cold water. Place beets in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes (for small beets) or 45 minutes to 1 hour (for large beets) or until the beets are fork tender. Drain beets and rinse under cold water. Remove the skins while the beets are still warm. If beets are completely cooled, it will be more difficult to remove the skins. (Note that the beets will stain your fingers. You may choose to wear plastic gloves or use paper towels.)
 
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