1 1/2 lbs. fresh beets
8 oz. Chevre (fresh goat cheese)
6 c. baby arugula or mixed greens
1 c. whole pecans, toasted
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. Cranberry Pear White Balsamic (or Pomegranate Balsamic)
1 Tbsp. Smak Dab White Wine Herb Mustard
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/3 c. plus 2 Tbsp. Mild to Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat the oven to 400. Trim the beets and wrap in one foil packet drizzled with a tablespoon of water. Roast for 1 hour or until tender when pierced through with a knife. Once the cooked beets are cool enough to handle, peel them by rubbing the skin off between paper towels. Warning: This will dye your hands bright red.
Cut the peeled beets in to 1 inch pieces and toss with 2 Tbsp. of Balsamic Vinegar whisked together with 2 Tbsp. of olive oil, and set aside.In a medium size bowl, whisk the remaining Balsamic with the grainy mustard until well combined. Slowly drizzle in your olive oil of choice, whisking constantly until the mixture is thickened or emulsified.
Add freshly ground pepper and sea salt, to taste. Arrange the greens in a bowl or on a platter and dress with the vinaigrette. Add the marinated roasted beets to the salad, along with the crumbled fresh goat cheese and toasted pecans.