Asparagus Beet SaladSubmitted by: MISS_SMARTY
IntroductionThis is similar to an awesome salad they have at a placecalled Tria in Birmingham, Alabama This is similar to an awesome salad they have at a placecalled Tria in Birmingham, Alabama
18 small red beets (about 6 pounds)
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
60 small fresh asparagus spears
1 (11-ounce) goat cheese log
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Cracked pepper (optional)
Chopped fresh chives (optional)
Gourmet salad greens (optional)
Whisk together oil, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper in a small bowl.
Peel beets, and cut into wedges. Toss together beets, 1/2 cup vinaigrette, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper; set aside.
Snap off tough ends of asparagus, discarding ends; cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process, and drain. Combine asparagus and 1/2 cup vinaigrette; set aside.
Cut cheese into 6 equal slices. Place 1 cheese slice in a 3-inch round cutter or ring mold; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon chives. Press chives into cheese; remove cutter. Repeat procedure with remaining cheese and 2 1/2 teaspoons chives.
Arrange asparagus over cheese. Surround with beets, and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle with cracked pepper and chives, if desired; serve with salad greens, if desired.
Number of Servings: 8
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MISS_SMARTY.