Project Description

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

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Quantity
4-6 Servings
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Difficulty Level
Easy
Active Prep
Active Prep
30 min
Total Time
Total Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Beets are the hidden gem of the kitchen. They come in looking rough and ragged. It’s hard to imagine coaxing anything delicious — or even worthwhile — from that rugged root. But with little more effort than throwing them in the oven for an hour, there’s an exquisite transformation. They’re suddenly sweet and delicate, and drop-dead gorgeous inside. Serve them with a fresh burst of orange juice and mint, and they no longer bear any resemblance to the sad, canned, crinkle-cut horrors of your salad bar nightmares. They’re the reigning jewels of Summer.

Directions

for the beets

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

If the beets are all the same size, place in a large piece of foil. If some are smaller than the others, separate by small and large in two pieces of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the thyme and wrap the foil to enclose. Put on a baking sheet and roast until they’re soft and they can easily be pierced by a knife tip, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven, open the foil, and cool until you can comfortably slip off their skins (wear rubber gloves if you don’t want to look like a murderer).

for the dressing

Whisk together the shallot, orange juice, vinegar and oil in a large bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

for the salad

Heat the oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the pumpkin seeds, chile flakes and a sprinkle of salt and stir until the seeds start to pop and turn light brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to a paper towel.

Cut the beets into wedges or chunks, keeping the colors separate in two bowls (this keeps the colors from bleeding). Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Arrange on a serving platter. Scatter the cheese shavings and pumpkin seeds amongst the beets. Tear the mint leaves over top.

Ingredients

beets

  • 4 small red beets (2 to 3 ounces total), trimmed and scrubbed
  • 4 small yellow beets (2 to 3 ounces total), trimmed and scrubbed
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

dressing

  • 1 small shallot, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1/2 a navel orange)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

salad

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 ounces drunken goat cheese, shaved (a.k.a. Murcia al Vino)
  • 1 packed tablespoon fresh mint leaves