Beet Salad with Carmody Cheese

  • Recipe courtesy of Ryan Fancher, Chef de Cuisine, Barndiva, Healdsburg, California
  • Show: The Big Cheese
  • Episode: Italiano
Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
30 min
Inactive Prep:
45 min
4 servings


  • 1 pound heirloom red and yellow baby beets
        • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
        • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
        • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
        • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
        • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
        • Pinch sea salt
        • Freshly ground black pepper
          • Compressed watermelon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
          • 1 heirloom apple, sliced
          • 4 ounces Carmody cheese, sliced
          • 1/2 cup walnuts
          • 1/2 cup mixed lettuce
          • 1/2 cup baby arugula
          • Lavender flower petals


          Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

          Wash the beets and wrap the red and yellow varieties separately in aluminium foil. Place on a baking tray and roast until tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

          For the vinaigrette dressing: Place the white wine vinegar, shallots and mustard in a blender and pulse. Drizzle in the olive oil and blend until it's a smooth emulsion. Season with salt and pepper.

          For the sherry vinegar dressing: Place the lemon juice, sherry vinegar and sugar in a blender and pulse. Drizzle in the olive and walnuts oils and blend until it's a smooth emulsion. Season with sea salt and pepper.

          Remove the beets from the oven and allow to cool. Peel the beets and cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Place the red and yellow beets in separate bowls.

          Place the compressed watermelon in a third bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette and/or sherry vinegar dressing over the beets and watermelon.

          To serve, arrange 3 to 4 cubes of red and yellow beets on each plate, together with 3 to 4 cubes of compressed watermelon. Place alternating slices of apple and Carmody cheese between the cubes of watermelon and beets. Garnish with walnuts, mixed lettuce, baby arugula and lavender flower petals.

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