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Roasted Beet Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

DUNHAM CELLARS WINE CLUB - OCTOBER 2015

ROASTED BEET SALAD WITH BACON VINAIGRETTE

-Ann Brown, Friend of Dunham Cellars

INGREDIENTS:

• 4 – 6 medium beets, different colors if possible
• 4 handfuls baby arugula, washed and dried
• 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped


VINAIGRETTE:

• 3 slices bacon
• 2 Tablespoons red onion, chopped
• 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 Tablespoon honey mustard
• Sea salt
• Freshly ground pepper

WINE PAIRING:

2012 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon XVIII

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash beets and cut off greens, leaving a couple inches of stem. Place beets in a large piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Wrap tightly to ensure no steam escapes. Place on a cookie sheet and roast
approximately 1 hour. Test after 45 minutes by carefully opening the packet and piercing a beet with the point of a sharp knife. Beets are done when the knife easily slides into the beet. Allow beets to cool, and peel beets by pulling off the skin. Do this over a bowl as beet juice will stain counter tops, wooden cutting boards and clothing.

Cut cooled beets into bite-sized pieces and toss in a bowl with parsley. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper.

Fry bacon in a skillet until very crisp. Remove from pan, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add onion to pan and sauté until translucent. Add bacon fat and cooked onion to a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil, vinegar, and honey mustard. Add a small pinch of salt and pepper.

Top beets with 2 Tablespoons of the vinaigrette and the crumbled bacon. Toss, and serve over a handful of baby arugula. Drizzle with additional vinaigrette to taste.

Serves 4