Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Manchego Cheese

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4oz.  El Cortijo® Manchego cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 medium beets, peeled, thinly sliced and roasted*
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400° F. using a vegetable peeler, shave cheese into 1/2 inch pieces. Carefully place half of the pieces on a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Sprinkle with rosemary and black pepper. Bake 3 to 5 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown around the edges. Cool completely before removing from pan.

Place spinach, beets and fennel in large bowl. Pour dressing over greens; toss until coated. Place equal amounts of salad onto 4 plates. Top with remaining shaved Machego and tuck the baked Manchego cheese along edge. Serve immediately.

*To roast beets, lightly spray beets with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper. Place on a baking pan and bake at 425° F for 20 minutes, or until tender, turning over halfway through baking time.