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North African Feast Menu Part 2: Roasted Beet Salad Recipe: Gorgonzola, Pinenuts & Mint

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This week we're heading to North Africa for the flavors inspired by Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. We've planned a menu just for you from the appetizer all the way down to the dessert! This week we're throwing a ""progressive meal"". So check back each day this week to get the next course of the menu."

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Ingredients:
8 Large Beets
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp white balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 shallot, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
3 tbsp lightly toasted pinenuts
½ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 head of bibb lettuce

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F

2. Wrap beets individually in foil and place on baking sheet. Roast for 1 to 1 ½ hours until a knife can easily be inserted into the beets. You will begin to see the beet juice dripping out of the foil, a good indication they are done.

3. Allow to cool slightly. While still warm, run beets under cold water to remove their skins. Slice of the bottoms, and tops and then slice into wedges and set aside.

4. To toast the pinenuts: place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

5. To make the vinaigrette: Combine the mustard and vinegar and whisk until combined. Slowly add the grapeseed oil, whisking all the while until a creamy emulsion forms. Add the diced shallot, salt and pepper to taste and mix.

6. Place the beets in a mixing bowl, and add the vinaigrette, mixing the beets until well-coated. Add the mint and pinenuts. Lay the lettuce leaves out on a platter, in a single layer. Top with the beet mixture and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.

Enjoy!

North African Feast Menu Part 2: Roasted Beet Salad Recipe: Gorgonzola, Pinenuts & Mint
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