Salad of Roasted Beets and Arugula with Blue Cheese Dressing

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

3 bunches baby beets, washed, trimmed, and halved

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 handful fresh thyme sprigs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

5 bunches arugula, washed, dried, and hand-torn

Celery leaves from 1 bunch celery, about 1/2 cup

1 cup walnut halves and pieces, toasted

1/2 pound blue cheese, crumbled

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1 lemon, juiced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay the beets on a large sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with the oil, toss the thyme on top, and season with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil tightly to make a sealed pouch and put it on a sheet pan. Bake until the beets are tender when pierced, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. (Drop a knife in the center of 1 beet; if it slides out without resistance, they're done.) Let the beets cool to room temperature and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add the arugula, celery leaves, and walnuts; toss to combine.

To make the blue cheese dressing: Put the blue cheese and sour cream in a bowl, mashing with a fork to combine. Add the chives, lemon juice, and a few turns of freshly ground black pepper; mix to incorporate, leaving a few chunks of cheese in the dressing. Thin out the dressing with a tablespoon of water, if you wish, to smooth out the consistency.

Pour the blue cheese dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat; season with salt and pepper. Put the salad on a chilled platter and serve.

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