Today's recipe is partially from The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis . We happened to have some extra arugula lying around so I thought arugula salad. I cannot wait to eat dinner!!! Here is her recipe and then I will share how I improvised with what we had in the kitchen pantry.
Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
- 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
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.
Now, I do not claim to be a chef by any means. I enjoy cooking but I need to learn a lot!!! I had no clue how to roast the beets, so I had to call my husband. I started by following the directions here, but they were hard as rocks after only 12 minutes. So, he suggested turning the oven down to 350-375 and cook until a knife goes through them easily. It took approximately 30-40 more minutes after I did the initial 12 minutes at 450.
Also, we only had almonds, so that is what nut I am using. We also are leaving out the avocado...I love it but we didn't have it so I skipped that part. Overall, it smells and looks delicious. I'll let you know tomorrow how the family likes it.
Well, I know today was the start of school for most kiddos. My 4 year old started 4K today and so did our busy run around schedule. I need a few days and I will be in the groove. Wishing everyone a great back to school week! Have a good night ya'll.
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
~ Julia Child