ROASTED WINTER BEET SALAD with almonds, local blue cheese
Rich flavours of blue cheese and almond butter pair beautifully with roasted beets in this wintry salad.
Grind almonds to a paste with garlic, salt, and cayenne in a food processor. With motor running, add just enough oil to make a silky paste. Season with salt.
Roast beets, covered in a roasting pan, until tender, about 60 minutes. Cool uncovered, about 30 minutes, then peel and cut into wedges or slices.
Whisk together vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl, then whisk in oil. Add shallot and chives and toss with beets.
Divide almond butter among 6 plates and top with beet salad. Place some crumbled blue cheese on each salad and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.