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Monday, June 20, 2011

Meatless Monday!

Yep, its Monday!  Here is another "meatless" dish to devour.  It is Farmer's market season here and I love love love getting fresh vegetables.  Beets are one of those things I NEVER had growing up, but once I  discovered....yummy!  When done right and with a fancy cheese.... perfection!

I made this salad with meat .... but it is good enough to serve on its own for a light summer meal!  It is a Giada recipe.


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.

I made a few substitutions... only because I was trying to use what I had in my pantry!  I used red leaf lettuce instead of arugula.  I also used feta instead of goat cheese  even though goat cheese is WAAAY better than feta!    I did not have honey- so that was omitted!
I love a good beet salad!  I would love to find some golden beets in the near future- just to spice things up!  Until next time.....xoxo

PS:  On the baby food making front....last week was sweet potato, peas and avocado (no recipe- just mash and mix with a little formula).  I just made pear puree and banana puree (sauté banana slices in pan with a little butter and then puree).  We shall see what our girl Avery thinks! :)  

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