Roasted Beet Salad with Avocado, Mβche & Arugula

Featuring Persian Lime Olive Oil and Lavender Balsamic
Mâche is French for lamb’s lettuce that is dark green and grows wild in sturdy little rosette clumps. It is normally eaten in a salad or as a garnish (though it can be cooked as spinach). Be sure to wash it carefully to remove bits of dirt that cling to its base. Mâche is deliciously paired with beets. Mostly found at specialty stores like Gelson’s & Bristol Farms.
Serves: 8


4 each medium red and golden beets, trimmed and gently scrubbed (see below)
½ cup Lavender Balsamic
½ cup Persian Lime Oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced lavender (dried ½ teaspoon)
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
½ teaspoon of white pepper or you can use ground black pepper, to taste
2 firm-ripe avocado, cut into small wedges
6 ounces Mâche, cleaned
6 ounces Arugula, roughly chopped


Heat oven to 400°F. Trim all but about 1 inch of the stems from the beets.
Wash the beets well and remove any dangling roots. Place beets on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and make a pouch out of the foil, sealing it tightly. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour – until a skewer can be inserted in a beet and comes out easily. Remove from oven carefully open pouch and let beets cool slightly.


Meanwhile, whisk together balsamic, shallot, thyme, lavender, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil. Set vinaigrette aside.


After beets have cooled enough to handle, remove and discard skins and cut into bite-size pieces (*Note: use a paper towel when skinning the beets to keep your hands from turning a shocking shade of pink – cradle the roasted beet in a paper towel, pinch the skin between the thumb and forefinger, and peel it off). Mix beets with half of vinaigrette, then mix avocado and green with the rest of the vinaigrette. Transfer greens to plates and top with beets, avocado. *Note – Beets can stain everything they touch. To help remove these stains, sprinkle the stained area with salt, rinse, and then scrub with soap. The salt crystals will help lift he beet juice away.