Roasted Beet & Arugula Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, 3/31/14

      Capi Peck


      Serves 6 - 8

      For the beets:
      2lbs. beets trimmed and scrubbed
      3 cloves garlic, crushed
      8 sprigs fresh thyme
      3 T. olive oil

      Preheat oven to 350degrees. Combine all ingredients on alarge sheet of aluminum foil. Wraptightly and bake until a knife easily pierces the beets, 45 minutes to anhour. Discard garlic and thyme. When cool enough to handle, peel beets andcut into 1/2-inch pieces. You canrefrigerate beets up to 4 days.

      For the dressing:
      4lemons, cut into wedges, seeds removed
      2 c. neutral oil such as grape seed or vegetable oil
      1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
      2 t. sugar
      3/4 t. Kosher salt

      Combine lemon piecesand oil in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer to a storage container, add lemonjuice, sugar and salt. Will keeprefrigerated 1 week.

      For the herbed goat cheese:
      1lb. goat cheese, softened
      1 c. flat-leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
      1 T. fresh thyme leaves
      3 T. fresh dill leaves
      1/2 c. parmesan cheese
      grated zest of 2 lemons
      2 garlic cloves, minced

      In a bowl, mix allingredients until very well blended. Form into a log. Wrap tightly infilm wrap. Will keep several days.

      For the orange segments:

      Slice top and bottomoff oranges. Slice off peel and whitepith in sections. Slice between segmentsand then set aside.

      For the remaining salad ingredients:
      1 red onion, very thinly sliced


      Combine the orange,arugula, onion and beets in a large mixing bowl. Add must enough dressing to lightly coat andtoss well. Season to taste with salt andpepper. Slice goat cheese into 1/2-inchthick slices and arrange on top of salad.