Organic Beet Salad Caramelized Yogurt, Pistachios, Orange, & Valdeon Blue

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Summer is finally here and in full swing. This is the perfect time of the year for fresh ingredients and vibrant vegetables. This beet salad created by Chef Paul McCabe, has the perfect combination and balance of flavors; Nutty, fresh, tangy, and citrusy. These beets can be the perfect side dish at your summer BBQ or a light snack by the pool accompanied by a glass of icy chardonnay. Bonne Appetite!

  • 32 small beets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups of organic plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted roasted pistachios
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces Valdeon Blue cheese
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Step 1: In a baking dish, toss the beets with the canola oil and vinegar season with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Cover with foil and bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until tender.

Step 3: Let cool, then peel and quarter the beets. Transfer the beets to a bowl; if using golden and red, put them in separate bowls.

Step 4: Put the yogurt in a coffee filter and place in the fridge for 12 hours. Transfer the yogurt to a small oven proof pan and place in a water bath, cover with aluminum. Cook the yogurt at 250 degrees for 4 hours or until caramelized. Let cool and place in a blender until it become smooth.

Step 5: In a bowl, whisk the vinegar with the olive oil and toss the beets, pistachios, oranges, arugula and cheese with the vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper. Spread the yogurt on the bottom of the plates and place the salad on top and serve.

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