To peel raw beets, a vegetable peeler works best. You can grate raw beets either on a cheese grater or using a food processor with a grating blade.
Plain, fresh goat cheese tastes fantastic in this salad, but flavored goat cheese tastes great, too. Try and herb-flavored or peppered goat cheese for even more flavor. Fresh logs of goat cheese, also called chèvre, are sold in most grocery stores. There are also many small producers of fresh goat that can be found at farmers' markets and cheese shops. Some American cheesemakers to look for in cheese shops are:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 2 cups grated beets (about 1 large or 2 medium-sized beets, peeled)
- 4 carrots, peeled and grated
- 4 large handfuls of arugula
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- optional topping: 1 cup candied walnuts
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In a large bowl toss together the beets, carrots and arugula.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the lemon and orange juice,olive oil, cumin and salt.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese on top and gently toss.
Cooking with Goat Cheese
Goat cheese can be smooth and creamy it's fresh and young or semi-hard or hard if it's aged. The flavor ranges from tart and tangy to herbal, grassy, milky or nutty. It's fairly easy to make a very basic version of homemade, fresh goat cheese at home using just goat's milk and lemon juice or vinegar.