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Baby arugula salad with roasted pears, beets, fennel and macadamia-cashew cheese and a rosemary-vanilla dressing

Recipe courtesy of Chef Angel Ramos.

Serves 4-6

Dressing:
2 shallots
1 T. olive oil
1 sprig of rosemary
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 c. of grapeseed oil
1 1/2 oz. balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sea salt (to taste)
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper (to taste)


Directions:
1. Sauté shallots in olive oil until soft.
2. Split vanilla bean in half and core (use the pulp only).
3. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool.


Macadamia-Cashew Nut Cheese
1/2 c. raw cashews
1/2 c. raw macadamia nuts
3 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. grapeseed oil
2 T. nutritional yeast
1 t. sea salt, or to taste
1/2 c. water


Directions:
1. Cover the cashews and the macadamia nuts (separately) with water and soak over night (or for a minimum of 8 hours).
2. Drain the water and wash the nuts until the water rinses clearly.
3. Blend all ingredients (except the water together) in a blender, add water as needed until you have a creamy, but not runny, consistency.
4. Place the nut cheese in a bowl.


Salad:
2 pears
1 bulb fennel
1 lb. baby arugula
2 T. extra virgin olive oil


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut pears into halves; drizzle the tops of the pears with the extra virgin olive oil and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
3. Roast beets, wrapped in foil, at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
4. Spread pecans on a sheet pan and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.
5. Shave fennel in a Japanese mandolin.
6. When the beets cool, peel the skin off of the beets.
7. Slice the roasted pears and beets.
8. Add arugula and fennel and toss together; toss with the freshly made dressing.
9. Place on plates and add a few dollops of macadamia-cashew nut cheese.
10. ENJOY! Lovely with crostini or a good whole grain peasant bread.