Roasted Beet and Beet Green Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

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Roasted Beet and Beet Green Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

Serving Size
6

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Special thanks to Lidia Bastianich for this recipe! It comes from her famed restaurant, Felidia, in New York City! For more information, check out: www.felidia-nyc.com. Photo Credit: Marcus Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 10 TO 12 SMALL YELLOW AND RED BEETS WITH GREENS
  • ATTACHED (ABOUT 3 POUNDS TOTAL)
  • ½ TEASPOON SALT
  • 9 CUP EXTRA- VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • 9 CUP GOOD- QUALITY BALSAMIC VINEGAR
  • FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER TO TASTE
  • 1 MEDIUM TART, CRISP APPLE (SUCH AS GRANNY SMITH)
  • 4 OUNCES OR SO SLIGHTLY AGED GOAT CHEESE

Recipe Info

  1. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 400 DEGREES F. SLICE THE GREENS OFF LEAVING A TINY BIT OF STEM ON TOP OF THE BEETS, THEN SCRUB THE BEETS AND POKE EACH OF THEM WITH A FORK A FEW TIMES.

  1. PUT THEM ALL IN A SHALLOW BAKING DISH, UNCOVERED, WITH AN 8 INCH OF WATER COVERING THE BOTTOM. ROAST THE BEETS— THE WATER WILL ACTUALLY STEAM THEM A BIT FIRST— UNTIL THEY ARE SHRIVELED, DARK, AND CARAMELIZED OUTSIDE, AND TENDER ALL THE WAY THROUGH (WHEN POKED WITH A KNIFE)—45 MINUTES TO 1½ HOURS, DEPENDING ON SIZE. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY.

  1. RINSE THE BEET GREENS WELL, TRIMMING OFF THE TOUGH PARTS OF THE STEMS, AND CUT THE SOFTER STEM PIECES FROM THE LEAVES.  BRING A BIG PAN OF WATER TO THE BOIL, THEN DROP IN THE STEMS AND COOK FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES; NOW ADD THE GREENS. COOK FOR 20 MINUTES MORE, OR UNTIL THE STEMS ARE QUITE SOFT. DRAIN IN A SIEVE; SPRINKLE ¼ TEASPOON SALT OVER THE HOT GREENS, AND LET THEM COOL. 

  1. PEEL THE COOLED BEETS, REMOVING ALL THE SKIN, THE STEM BASE, AND THE ROOT TIP, EXPOSING THE GLEAMING FLESH. CUT IN WEDGES, AND PLACE IN A BIG MIXING BOWL. CUT THE GREENS (BOTH LEAVES AND STEMS) INTO 2- INCH LENGTHS, AND TOSS WITH THE BEET WEDGES.

  1. WHISK TOGETHER THE OIL AND VINEGAR, WITH THE REMAINING ¼ TEASPOON SALT AND SOME GRINDS OF PEPPER. DRIZZLE THE DRESSING OVER THE BEETS, AND TOSS TO COMBINE. CORE AND SLICE THE APPLE INTO THIN MATCHSTICKS. ARRANGE THE DRESSED BEETS ON A SERVING PLATTER OR PORTION THEM ON SALAD PLATES; FOLD IN THE APPLE PIECES, THEN CRUMBLE GOAT CHEESE ON TOP JUST BEFORE SERVING.

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