Heirloom Beets, Warm Goat Cheese, Arugula with Green Olive Vinaigrette
Sweet roasted heirloom beets, warm goat cheese rounds on a bed of fresh arugula with flavors highlighted by a green olive vinaigrette.
bread cubes, dry
goat (chevre) cheese
1 small log, cut into 6 equal rounds
olive oil, extra-virgin
freshly minced or pressed, or 1 medium
white wine vinegar
red or white
up to 1/2 cup pitted and finely chopped
salt and black pepper
baby arugula, loosely packed, 4 large bunches
heirloom, roasted, sliced in advance
Roast the beets in advance, in their skins, seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil. When cool enough to handle slip off skins, cool and slice. This can be done the day before.
Position the rack to the center of the oven, then preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃).
Add the bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon each of the thyme and rosemary to a shallow plate, and toss until evenly mixed.
Brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil all over the goat cheese rounds and gently press both sides and edges into the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly with bread crumb mixture (This step can be finished up to 1 hour before serving and chilled on a baking sheet in the fridge until ready to bake).
Add the garlic, vinegar, olives, remaining thyme and rosemary, salt, and black pepper to taste into a small bowl, and whisk until well blended.
Slowly pour in 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and whisk until well mixed.
In a shallow bowl, dress the beets with ½ of the dressing and set aside to marinate. Reserve the other half to dress the arugula.
Just before serving, bake the prepared goat cheese rounds in the preheated oven until warmed up and a few brown spots appear, about 6 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir the vinaigrette again, in a large bowl toss the arugula lightly with the vinaigrette until evenly coated. Do not over dress.
Divide the mixed greens among 6 serving plates. Top with marinated sliced beets.
Place one warm goat cheese round on top of each salad. Season with a grinding of fresh black pepper.
Serve and enjoy.