This salad is summer on a plate. Thick juicy tomato wedges, ripe fresh peaches and earthy golden beets meet peppery arugula and creamy goat cheese. Crispy torn bread and crunchy salt pulls the whole dish together. This is a great place to play with different vinegars for the dressing - some of my favorites include sherry and red wine vinegar. Different types of flake salt are also a fun way to change the flavor up a bit - Jacobsen Salt Co. Habanero Salt or Smoked Maldon Salt sprinkled on the finished plate is a fun flavor surprise.
Add shallot and vinegar to a jar with a lid. Let sit 15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake.
Working with four dinner sized plates, place beet slices overlapping in a circle.
Scatter peaches and tomatoes around the circle, leaving the middle of the circle empty. Season everything with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, toss the arugula with enough dressing to lightly coat the leaves. Pile the arugula in the center of the circle. Scatter goat cheese and croutons, seasoning with a touch more salt and pepper.
For roasted beets - trim stem and root but leave unpeeled. Place in a foil lined roasting pan and add ¼ cup water, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp kosher salt. Cover tightly with foil and roast at 400° until you can pierce the beets with a sharp knife and have little resistance. Let cool enough to handle and using a paper towel, gently rub off skin.
For torn croutons - cut 1 inch thick slices of country bread, or any other sturdy, day-old bread. Trim crust or leave on for a more rustic crouton. Tear each bread slice into sizeable pieces (about 1 inch) and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil enough to coat the bread and toss with a little kosher salt. Bake in a 400° oven for about 20 minutes, turning with a spatula to encourage even browning.