Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad (11.11.13)

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  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 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
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

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

Whisk the vinegar, shallots, honey and mustard 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. Serve immediately.