Beet, Goat Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad

Okay everyone. Here is my salad from a few weeks back on Food Network Star. You know, the one that looked and smelled delicious, but no one could eat since I didn’t wash my hands! Aghhhh. Sorry for putting you all through that torturous experience. Haha. All in all though I was likable and all that jazz as I was kept another week. I typically try to get posts up congruent with the episode, but I was out of town, we moved and now my husband is out of town. It has been crazy over in Pottinger land. But I am finally winding down. So even though they kept me after my salmonella hands incident, I have since been eliminated. It was an amazingjourney but I feel blessed to have been given such an opportunity. I said it in my farewell post, but thank you very much everyone for your support and encouragement.

Back to my salad… although it ended up being somewhat of a "fail" on the show, I have received numerous requests for the recipe. But don’t worry everyone, I washed my hands! And actually, I didn’t even use chicken. I opted for crispy prosciutto this time. It is truthfully a better flavor match in my opinion. But if you’re a chicken lover, it would be delicious as well. You know that scene in the Sound of Music where they are all sitting around and singing about their favorite things?

That is pretty much this salad to me. Beets, goat cheese and arugula are up there for me with cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels. I looooove them. And I especially love them together! One of the very first blog posts I ever did was a Beet, Goat Cheese and Arugula Panini. You really cannot go wrong with this flavor combination. Unless maybe you try adding Fruit Loops or Cinnamon Toast Crunch to it. But hey, maybe that will turn out to be an odd ball stroke of genius. Probably not… but maybe.

I did do another Messy Life Messy Kitchen for this one, so the video is up on my YouTube channel, which you can of course subscribe to. πŸ™‚ Please and thank you. As such, this blog post will be a little brief, but I am gifting to you the pleasure of watching me ramble for 20 minutes. Exciting huh?
Ingredients:
1 package of arugula
2-3 beets
1 dry pint baby heirloom tomatoes or 2 regular sized heirloom tomatoes
4 oz package of crumbled goat cheese
2 cups apple cider vinegar (champagne, red wine or other vinegar will do)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh basil
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp honey
4 oz prosciutto
2 cups (give or take) or cubed bread (such as french bread or sourdough, anything that is hearty really)