Meatless Monday – Roasted Beet Salad with Ripe Peaches and Goat Cheese

Peaches are here! I know it’s not Monday but I recently made a version of this salad again and remembered how much I loved the flavor combination of this salad I posted a couple of years ago. Sweet peaches, roasted beets, arugula, goat cheese and this time I used candied pecans. It’s now pretty easy to find beets that have already been roasted as a short cut. Enjoy!

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Is it a coincidence that fresh tomatoes ripe from the vine or juicy, just picked peaches taste especially good in summer or is it nature’s design to give us what we need?  I was thumbing through some cooking magazines admiring gorgeous photos of carmelized tomatoes and 10 ways to use fruit when I came across an article, “In Season For a Reason:”, by Ellie Krieger in CookFresh Magazine that claims our bodies are ‘calling for them’, meaning seasonal veggies.  “Not only do summer vegetables taste better and have a higher nutritional value, in season produce is in sync with our nutritional needs; it contains specific nutrients that replenish and protect us in the hot summer months”. Summer’s juicy fresh fruits and vegetables help keep us hydrated (20 percent of our water intake comes from the food we eat) and are rich in anti-oxidants, just when we need them most. Specifically, antioxidants…

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