Yum. This salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Serve it to anyone who you want to live a long and healthy life. See below for the nutritional values of beets, peaches, and arugula (we’ll discuss the benefits of various types of dairy in later posts). In the meantime, have fun experimenting with your own variations of this salad. And stop by Dave Banga’s farm stand to procure most of the ingredients. You can also buy local goat cheese from Linnea Farm’s stand. Pick up some wildflowers at her booth to soothe the soul while you’re in the neighborhood!
2 beets, drizzled in olive oil and salt, then folded into a foil packet for the grill
2 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (*Or you can half the peaches and grill them w/the beets)
1 bunch arugula, rinsed and dried
2 shallots, chopped
¼ cup pistachio nuts, chopped and toasted
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup walnut or olive oil
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
Roast beets until tender, about 40 minutes.
Let the beets cool to room temp and peel.
Place the arugula into large mixing bowl.
Add sliced beets and peaches, sprinkle with shallots, pistachios and goat cheese.
In separate bowl, whisk together oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper until emulsified and pour over the salad mixture.
Toss well and serve. Enjoy!
Beets: A great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is a crucial nutrient especially for those who are (or are looking to get) pregnant. They are also very high in manganese and fiber. These root veggies contain nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
Peaches: Peaches are high in a number of nutrients such as niacin, thiamine, potassium, and calcium. They are also high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A (which is essential for healthy hearts and eyes). Some say the darker the peach’s color, the richer it is in Vitamin A. The antioxidants may also help in maintaining healthy urinary and digestive functions. Eastern cultures consider peach tea as a powerful kidney cleanser and is used in detoxification.
Arugula: Arugula is a rich source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and B-complexes (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, which are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions). This is a low-cal lettuce leaf that packs a nutritional wallop, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second helping!