Green Salad with Beets and Warm Walnut-Crusted Chèvre

Serves 4

Serve the walnut-crusted chèvre in this recipe with any fall or winter salad, if you like. Top with shredded roasted chicken or pork for a satisfying meal.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 large beets (about 3/4 pound total), peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 (4-ounce) log chèvre, cut crosswise into 4 rounds
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 cups field greens
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Method: 

Arrange a steamer basket in a medium pot and add enough water to just reach the bottom of the basket. Bring to a boil, add beets to steamer basket, cover, reduce heat and simmer until beets are tender, about 1 hour. Remove steamer basket from pot, set aside until beets are cool enough to handle, then thinly slice.

Heat oven to 250ºF. Arrange walnuts on a large plate. Dredge each round of chèvre in the walnuts, patting lightly to make sure that the walnuts adhere all over. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until chèvre is just warm throughout but still holds its shape, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until just golden, about 30 seconds. Whisk in vinegar then add sliced beets, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beets are just heated through, about 1 minute.

Arrange field greens on four large plates. Using a slotted spoon, divide beets between plates, spooning them over the greens. Drizzle with remaining dressing in skillet and top with warm chèvre. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:370 calories (290 from fat), 32g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 11g protein
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