I was very excited to be featuring arugula this month, as it’s one of my favorite greens. It’s a salad green we have at our house most of the time, and I usually grow it in the garden every year too. It’s peppery taste lends well to both savory and sweet pairings. It’s great on sandwiches, with salads that have some sweet accents and tossed with pasta or sprinkled on pizza. You’ll find recipes using it in all of these ways on our arugula page! Below is an easy salad that only takes a few steps. The sweetness of the beets and goat cheese pair really well with the bite of the arugula.
In keeping with the seasonal theme, I also bought some local arugula from right here in Chicago! It’s actually grown indoors, so it’s available all year round. You can find out more about it here.
I found that this arugula kept A LOT longer than other brands I have purchased (which makes sense, because it didn’t travel as far to get to my plate!). It tasted great too. I will definitely be buying this product again!
Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction, serves 2
- 1 small bunch beets
- 3 cups arugula
- 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Kosher salt
- balsamic reduction*
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil. Wash and trim beets, then toss with 2 T of olive oil. Put on sheet pan, cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25-50 minutes. The cooking time will vary, depending on the size of your beets. Beets are done with easily pierced with a fork. Let cool.
When beets are cool enough to handle, peel off skin and cut into pieces. Toss with the remaining 1 T of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Divide arugula between two plates. Top with beets, crumbled goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic reduction*.
*Note: you can use a store-bought balsamic reduction or make your own by bringing one cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil, then reduce heat so vinegar is simmering. Let simmer until the vinegar is reduced by at least half and thickened (like the consistency of syrup). It is great drizzled on everything from salads to meats, even fresh strawberries!