ROASTED BEET SALAD WITH FRESH GOAT CHEESE


Roasted Beet Salad With Fresh Goat CheeseIngredients
1 1/2 pounds fresh beets
8 oz. Chevre (fresh goat cheese)
6 cups baby arugula or mixed greens
1 cup whole pecans, toasted
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon good quality grainy mustard 
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons UP extra virgin olive oil

Directions 
Preheat the oven to 400.  Trim the beets and wrap in one foil packet drizzled with a tablespoon of water.  Roast for 1 hour or until tender when pierced through with a knife.  Once the cooked beets are cool enough to handle, peel them by rubbing the skin off between paper towels.  Warning:  This will dye your hands bright red.

Cut the peeled beets in to 1" pieces and toss with 2 tablespoons of Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic whisked together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and set aside.

In a medium size bowl, whisk the remaining Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic with the grainy mustard until well combined.  Slowly drizzle in your olive oil of choice, whisking constantly until the mixture is thickened or emulsified.  Add freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste. 

Arrange the greens in a bowl or on a platter and dress with the Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic vinaigrette.  Add the marinated roasted beets to the salad, along with the crumbled fresh goat cheese and toasted pecans.

Serves 6-8 generous portions

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SHAVED FENNEL SALAD WITH MILANESE GREMOLATA

Shaved Fennel Salad with Milanese GremolataIngredients
2 trimmed, thinly sliced fennel bulbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
4 tablespoons Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup finely shaved Pecorino Romano
3 Cups mixed baby greens for presentation - optional

Instructions
Place the shaved fennel in a resealable Ziplock bag or bowl large enough to hold it.  Thoroughly whisk together the Gremolata Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chopped flat leaf parsley.  Pour over the fennel and toss to coat.  Marinate in the refrigerator for two hours.  In a bowl or large platter, arrange a bed of washed mixed baby greens.  Arrange the fennel over the greens, pouring any remaining dressing over the fennel and greens.  Sprinkle evenly with shaved Pecorino and fresh ground pepper.

Serves 4-6


CAPRESE SALAD



Beef Steak tomatoes
Soft Fresh Cheese - Buffalo mozzarella or bocconcini
Freshly chopped basil and oregano


Drizzle with

UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Picual or Koreniki) or Basil Olive Oil
and 
Vermont Maple Basalmic or
Traditional or
White Oregano