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first course salad of wilted baby arugula and spinach salad,
with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, roasted green onions
and port wine-plumped cranberries tossed with an apple cider
vinaigrette, garnished with crispy-fried paper thin beets and
topped with grated Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, an award-winning
firm cheese with a musty, mushroom-like flavor. Recipe by Chef
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
and Warm Arugula Salad
- Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
2 cups apple cider
2 ounces (1/2 cup) apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons shallots, briefly sautéed and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped chervil
3 ounces walnut oil
3 ounces vegetable oil
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Crispy Beets:
6 baby beets, sliced paper-thin
Oil for frying (heated to 375°F), as needed
Sea salt, to taste
4 cups (12 ounces) baby arugula
2 cups (6 ounces) baby spinach
1 cups dried cranberries, plumped in port wine
3 Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly
1 bunches green onions, roasted and diced
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese
- For Vinaigrette: Reduce the cider in a
sauté pan over medium heat until 2/3 cup remains. Cool.
- Place the vinegar, mustard, shallots,
and chervil in a bowl. Mix well. Drizzle the oils in slowly.
After the dressing has emulsified, add the cider. Season and
- For Crispy Beets: Fry the sliced beets
until crisp. Drain on paper towels, and salt lightly.
- For Salad: Combine the salad ingredients
with half of the vinaigrette in a large metal mixing bowl. Place
the bowl over a medium flame. Quickly toss the salad to wilt
the greens slightly. Transfer to six plates. Top with the crispy
beets and grated Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese. Drizzle the remaining
vinaigrette around the salad.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of Wisconsin
Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
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