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roasted beet and orange salad recipe

So, I just finished watching the series finale of Dexter. I am emotionally spent. I just spent the last 55 minutes with my jaw clenched and my heart racing. I know that Dexter is not for everyone (it is weird to root for a serial killer), but I happened to have loved that show. I have some serious thoughts about the finale, but will spare you in case you have not watched it yet. I would hate to be a spoiler. Let’s just say that I am 90% happy with how they wrapped up the show.

One of my favorite things to do is to recreate recipes that I eat in restaurants. Sometimes I get pretty close, but sometimes I just take the idea and make my own version. This salad idea comes from Red Rocks Bistro in Old Town. They have the best lunch deal in town, and sometimes the kids and I go there on Monday when they have their weekly half day. I love their beet and orange salad so much. There’s has cumin in the dressing and some chives, I had neither of things when I decided to recreate it, but parsley added the freshness that it needed. You could always add a little cumin to this dressing if you wanted to. This salad can be made ahead of time and just gets better the longer that it sits. You can leave it in your fridge and snack on it all week.

roasted beet and orange salad recipe

2 bunches beets (red and yellow)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
3 oranges
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

how to roast beetsPeel the beets with a vegetable peeler. I use kitchen gloves because the red ones will stain your hands.

how to roast beetsCut the beets into small cubes. Fold a large piece of aluminum foil in half. Put the beets in the middle of the foil. I don’t want the colors to bleed, so I do two separate pouches. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

how to roast beet recipeFold the corners of the foil together, and pinch the pouch shut. Put the pouches in a pan, just in case they leak. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25 to 35 minutes.

how to segment an orangeWhile the beets are roasting, segment the oranges. Cut off the bottoms of the oranges so they do not roll on the cutting board. Using a sharp paring knife, start at the top and work your way down removing the peel.

how to segment orangesHold the peeled orange in your hand, and carefully cut the flesh out between the membranes. Add the segments to a bowl and squeeze the juice from the orange.

orange vinaigrette recipeAdd 3 Tablespoons orange juice, Dijon, vinegar, salt and pepper to a mason jar. Screw the top on and shake.

orange vinaigrette recipeAdd the olive oil and shake to combine.

roasted beet salad recipeAdd the roasted beets to a large bowl.

roasted beet and orange salad recipeAdd half of the dressing and toss to combine.

roaste beet and orange salad recipeAdd orange segments, walnuts, and parsley. Taste for seasoning. Add more dressing, salt, and pepper as needed.

roaste beet and orange salad recipe

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches beets (red and yellow)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 oranges
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Dressing:
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Wearing a pair of gloves, peel the beets with a vegetable peeler. Cut the beets into small cubes. Fold a large piece of aluminum foil in half. Put the beets in the middle of the foil. I don’t want the colors to bleed, so I do two separate pouches. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Fold the corners of the foil together, and pinch the pouch shut. Put the pouches in a pan, just in case they leak.
  2. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25 to 35 minutes.
  3. While the beets are roasting, segment the oranges. Cut off the bottoms of the oranges so they do not roll on the cutting board. Using a sharp paring knife, start at the top and work your way down removing the peel. Hold the peeled orange in your hand, and carefully cut the flesh out between the membranes. Add the segments to a bowl and squeeze the juice from the orange.
  4. Add 3 Tablespoons orange juice, Dijon, vinegar, salt and pepper to a mason jar. Screw the top on and shake. Add the olive oil and shake to combine.
  5. Add the roasted beets to a large bowl. Add half of the dressing and toss to combine. Add orange segments, walnuts, and parsley. Taste for seasoning. Add more dressing, salt, and pepper as needed.
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42 Responses to Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

  1. Liz Brazier says:

    Great recipe. Looks fab, and yes wearing gloves so key with beets!

  2. This is SUCH a pretty salad! I’ve still never cooked beets, believe it or not. You’re making me want to change that, stat! I need to earmark this for holiday side dish options. :-)

  3. kerr says:

    I love Dexter but I was so sad that deb died and he abandoned hannah and harrison!

  4. jeny says:

    Thank you for including the directions on roasting beets. I am a beet lover, but they intimidate me :)

  5. Ahhh, I haven’t watched the last episode of Dexter yet but I CANNOT wait to know what happens! So anxious.

    In other news, this salad is completely stunning. And I’m really glad you didn’t throw a Dexter reference in with the blood-red beets. ;)

  6. blissmamaof3 says:

    Oooo, we can talk Dexter as soon as I catch up! it was a hard sell for me but once i got over the icky serial killer thing, i really liked it. your photo above is absolutely gorgeous! it almost makes me want to try beets again, and that’s saying a lot! any suggestions for food photography books, websites or tutorials?

  7. This salad is positively stunning!

  8. Rachel Cooks says:

    I don’t think it’s possible for my to love this salad any more. Wow! Putting this on my must-make asap list.

  9. Rachel Cooks says:

    No seriously, I just ordered kitchen gloves on Amazon. I’m serious about this.

  10. Nan says:

    Hi Bree,
    Enjoy your posts!

    BUT, I’m wondering if you could be a little more specific with your measurements. The size or number of beets in this recipe wouldn’t really matter as the amount of dressing can be adjusted. Large boneless chicken breasts, on the other hand, can be twice the weight of smaller ones. That does make a huge difference in both the amount of liquid and seasonings needed, as well as cooking time. Also, cans (of green chiles, for example) can be 4 or 8 ounces, tomatoes 8 or 15, and so on. Just a thought! Thanks.

  11. This sounds like such a fabulous salad. I love beets!

  12. Mmm… loving all the autumn flavors in this salad!!

  13. ahu says:

    perfect fall colors. this looks delicious and packed with nutrients!

  14. Kat says:

    Hi, I love your food, but for me this post had to be all about Dexter! I’m in the UK and I have to watch it online the day after you guys. I sat at work (big mistake) and watched it in my lunch hour. Such a dark episode. Gonna miss it. On the bright side, I will be making this salad at the weekend. :)

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  16. Denise says:

    You have done it again, created a recipe I want to make. Gorgeous fall colors in this salad, and I love the play with citrus. Definitely making …… this weekend!

  17. Anna B says:

    I love beets, I’ve only made beet salad w/ balsamic vinegar, can’t wait to try it with this dijon dressing, and the parsley sounds fab. Yum, thanks for the great idea!

  18. Kathy says:

    Such a beautiful salad! Beets are slowly growing on me. I have not ever seen yellow beets. I’ll have to keep my out for them.

  19. Alex says:

    This looks great! I’m so happy I stumbled upon your site it’s great!

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  21. Janice says:

    This looks yummy! By the way, if wash your hands with baking soda after peeling beets, the red comes right off your hands! I tried it and it actually works. I guess baking soda is just abrasive enough to do the trick. I got the tip from Food Network.

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