Warm Beet Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Warm Beet Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 4 medium beets, scrubbed well and trimmed
  • 1/2 bunch plus 2 stems fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups watercress or baby mesclun
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine shallots, 2 tablespoons oil, and the vinegar in a bowl. Line a piece of foil with parchment paper. Place beets and 1/2bunch of thyme in center, drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and season with salt and pepper. Fold, crimping edges to seal, place on a baking sheet and roast until beets are tender, about 1 hour. Let beets cool slightly, then peel. Cut into 1/4 thick slices.
  2. Place Parmesan, cream and remaining 2 stems thyme in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Gently simmer, stirring often, until cheese melts and dressing is thick, about 5 minutes. Discard thyme. Place beets on a serving platter. Drizzle with warm dressing, top with greens, then drizzle with shallot mixture. Sprinkle pistachios on top, and serve immediately.