Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beet and Orange Salad with Goat Cheese



              This salad I made from the beets and lettuce in our garden.  It is absolutely delicious and easy to make. The candied walnuts gave it a nice sweet crunch.

4 medium beets - scrubbed             1/4 cup of orange juice      
and trimmed                                       1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
1 navel orange - sectioned              1tbs of chopped shallots 
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts             1tsp of sugar
3 tbs of maple syrup                          1/2 cup of olive oil
salad greens                                       2 ounces of goat cheese

1.  Place the beets into a sauce pan and fill with enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil and cook for 20-30 minutes, until fork tender.  Drain and cool, 
then cut into cubes.

2.  While the beets are cooking, place walnuts in a skillet and toast over medium heat.
     Add maple syrup then cook and stir until evenly coated. Set aside and cool.

3.  In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, shallots, sugar and olive oil to make the dressing.

4.  Place greens, orange wedges, beets, in a salad bowl.  drizzle with dressing and add candied walnuts and goat cheese.

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