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From Our Kitchen: Arugula Salad with Beets, Apples, and Blue Cheese

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This fresh, simple salad expertly melds the lively flavors of bright Granny Smith apples, earthy roasted beets, and creamy blue cheese. Thanks to our Chefs at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia for creating the vibrant Raspberry Honey Vinaigrette that ties it all together!

Arugula Salad with Beets, Apples, and Blue Cheese Yield: Serves 6


For the Roasted Beets: 2 medium beets 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil For the Vinaigrette: ¼ cup raspberries 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ¼ cup raspberry wine vinegar ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper For the Salad: 1 cup arugula 2 medium Granny Smith apples, diced, cores removed 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled


Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Step 2 Wash beets to remove any dirt, pat dry, and toss in olive oil to coat. Step 3 Wrap beets loosely in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet. Place in oven and roast at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a skewer slides easily into the flesh of the beet. Step 4 Remove beets from foil. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Remove skins by peeling with a paring knife or gently rubbing off using a paper towel. Discard skins. Dice beets and set aside. Step 5 In a food processor, puree raspberries at the highest setting until smooth. Remove berries from food processor and strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Put pureed raspberries back into food processor. Step 6 Add Dijon mustard, raspberry wine vinegar, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper to raspberries in food processor and blend well. Step 7 While food processor is blending at high speed, slowly add olive oil until mixture emulsifies. Set aside. Step 8 Top arugula with apples, beets, and blue cheese. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad immediately before serving. Tip Be sure to combine the vinaigrette ingredients in the order specified; otherwise, the oil will separate from the rest of the mixture.


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