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Steamed Beet and Goat Cheese Salad


    You may substitute raw grated or roasted beets—feel free to experiment. Be  aware that handling beets will stain your skin; you may want to wear gloves when  preparing.


    2 or 3 beets, different colours if you like, peeled and  quartered
    2 cups (500 mL) mixed baby greens
    1/2 cup (125 mL) goat chèvre  or feta cheese
    Mint or cilantro to garnish

    2 shallots, minced
    1 1/2 Tbsp (23 mL) balsamic  vinegar or lemon juice
    1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 tsp (2  mL) raw sugar (optional)
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Steam beets until tender, about 15 minutes. While beets are cooking, whisk  together ingredients for the vinaigrette in small bowl and crumble cheese.

    Toss greens with half of the vinaigrette, and put a handful of greens on each  of 4 plates. When beets are done, allow to cool, peel, then cut into small  chunks and toss with remaining dressing. Arrange beets on top of greens,  sprinkle with goat cheese, and garnish with mint or cilantro leaves, if  desired.

    Serves 4.

    Each serving contains:
    209 calories; 5 g protein; 19 g total fat (6 g sat.  fat, 0 g trans fat); 6 g carbohydrates; 1 g fibre; 142 mg sodium

    Did you know?
    Like spinach and chard, the beet is a member of the amaranth  family (Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae). Its ancestor is the wild beet,  or sea beet, which dates all the way back to prehistoric times. Originally eaten  for its leafy green tops, the roots were cultivated by the ancient Romans. By  the 16th century they had become popular not only as livestock fodder, but also  in family kitchens throughout northern Europe.

    from "Unbeatable Beets", alive #344, June 2011


    Steamed Beet and Goat Cheese Salad




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