Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Pepitas, & Lime- Cilantro Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Pepitas, & Lime- Cilantro Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6
 

Ingredients
  • 4-5 beets, greens removed 1” from bulb & tails trimmed
  • Zest & juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 scallions, minced, green parts reserved & sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 bag of spinach, washed & spun dry
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ c. pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wrap each beet tightly with tinfoil & roast for about 45 minutes, until knife just inserts easily.
  3. Let cool a bit, remove peel, & slice.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together lime zest/juice, honey, & salt until dissolved.
  5. Whisk in minced scallions & cilantro.
  6. Slowly whisk in oil to emulsify.
  7. Toss a bit of the dressing with the spinach in a serving bowl, top with the beets & drizzle with more dressing.
  8. Garnish with goat cheese & pepitas & serve.

 

Green Bean Salad with Chevre Cheese

Green Bean Salad with Chevre Cheese
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Ingredients
  • Green Bean Salad with Chevre Cheese
  • Dressing:
  • ⅓ c. Driftless Sunflower or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh onions, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ lb. fresh green & yellow beans, stems removed
  • 1 small fresh onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ c. walnuts, toasted
  • 2 oz soft chevre (soft goat cheese), crumbled

Instructions
  1. Whisk ingredients for dressing together & set aside.
  2. Steam green beans for about 5 minutes, or until slightly tender.
  3. Cool under cold water & drain.
  4. Mix green beans, fennel, walnuts, & dressing together & top with goat cheese.
  5. Serve cold.

 

Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad with Peas, Goat Cheese & Pesto Vinaigrette

Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad with Peas, Goat Cheese & Pesto Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad
 

Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini/summer squash
  • 1 cup snap or snow peas
  • 8 oz. pasta corkscrews, shells, or penne
  • 3 Tbsp. pesto (garlic scape & arugula pesto would be great)
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • ½ bunch of scallions, chopped (white & green parts)
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Carefully slice zucchini lengthwise into thin slabs ¼” thick. Brush with oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper & grill until just soft & grillmarked (this can be done up to 2 days ahead, anytime you have the grill going!).
  2. Let cool, then cut into large pieces (refrigerate if doing ahead of time).
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil & blanch the peas for no more than 30 seconds.
  4. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon or strainer & run under cold water.
  5. Boil pasta in the same water until just soft & drain.
  6. Rinse with cold water & let drain. In a large serving bowl, whisk the pesto, vinegar, & oil. Fold in grilled zucchini, peas, pasta, & scallions.
  7. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with goat cheese & serve room temperature.