A favorite restaurant of mine is called Porter Creek and every time I eat there; I order their Beet Salad with Goat Cheese. That is, every time they have it on the menu of course. I learned the hard way that for some god-forsaken reason, restaurants do get rid of “favorite menu items,” usually right before you make a special trip to their establishment to enjoy said item. This has happened to me more often than I wish to recount, so instead of falling victim to “the end of your favorite dish” dilemma, I decided to do something about it and figure out how to make my version of this gem of a salad at home.
What makes this dish unique is the beautifully harmonized flavors in the lightly spicy arugula tossed with a splash of oil and lemon, the tender sweet red and yellow beets, and the warm salty goat cheese that melts in your mouth the minute you have your first bite. This combination of textures and flavors is nothing short of a palatal symphony playing perfectly to your taste buds with every bite. No, seriously. It’s really that good.