Beet Salad with Goat cheese & Pistachios
Beets are probably one of my favorite vegetables. They pair so well with so many different types of foods, cheeses, juices, desserts even. Their earthy and bright flavoring along with uber bright colors in a variety of shades of red, maroon, yellows and oranges make cooking almost more fun and definitely a bit of an art project.
I got these beauties at the local farmers market. Fresh always tastes best. The farmers markets that exist in summer and early fall always offer so many great in season foods to add to your table.
Time to make : 30 Minutes
3 medium or 2 Large Beets
1/4-1/3 C Goat Cheese-chilled
Salt & Pepper to taste
I always start by scrubbing the beets rough skin in a cool water bath and then slicing them about 1/4 in thick in round slices.
Put them in a fold out steamer, with a lid, steam the beets for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Make sure that they are not losing all their bright color (meaning they are over-done). They are ready when they can be easily pierced by a fork, but still with a slight crunch.
After removing from the heat and draining away the water, slice the beets in small cubes.
Take the goat cheese from the fridge or freezer ( getting it extra cold right before use helps the cheese crumble instead of melting in your hands). Using a fork to break apart the goat cheese over the beets in order to create crumbles.
Sprinkle with whole or chopped pistachios, salt, pepper and top with a slight bit of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Mix and serve. This recipe should be enough for 3 people.