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Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

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
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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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  1. Liz Brazier

    September 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am

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

  2. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    thank you Liz! And yes, gloves are a must.

  3. Kathy - Panini Happy

    September 23rd, 2013 at 9:38 am

    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. 🙂

  4. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    What? That is is my favorite way to eat them, they get so sweet.

  5. kerr

    September 23rd, 2013 at 9:51 am

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

  6. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I was trying not to spoil it for anyone.

  7. jeny

    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am

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

  8. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    You are welcome! They are super easy to roast. Just be careful, or your hands will be stained.

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am

    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. 😉

  10. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hahha! I didn’t even think about it! We could have used those for the opening sequence.

  11. blissmamaof3

    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    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?

  12. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you Annie! I like Matt Armendariz’s book and Plate to Pixel.

  13. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    September 23rd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This salad is positively stunning!

  14. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    thank you Kelli!

  15. Rachel Cooks

    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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

  16. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you Rachel!

  17. Rachel Cooks

    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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

  18. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I use them for everything! I like to use them to roll meatballs.

  19. Nan

    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    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.

  20. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I appreciate the suggestion. I include photos of the ingredients to clarify.

  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 23rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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

  22. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Me too! And I didn’t eat them for so many years, I missed out!

  23. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 pm

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

  24. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    thank you!

  25. ahu

    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 pm

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

  26. Kat

    September 24th, 2013 at 6:00 am

    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. 🙂

  27. bakedbree

    September 24th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    We have the same problem with Downton Abbey. Only we have to wait MONTHS!

  28. Denise

    September 25th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    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!

  29. Anna B

    September 25th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    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!

  30. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2013 at 8:19 am

    You are welcome! I love this salad!

  31. Kathy

    September 26th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    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.

  32. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2013 at 8:17 am

    It took me awhile too. Now I can’t get enough.

  33. Alex

    September 30th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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

  34. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Me too! Welcome!

  35. Janice

    October 3rd, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    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.

  36. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Amazing! Thanks for the tip!

  37. Janet Fazio

    December 15th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I love beets! Can’t wait to try this.

  38. bakedbree

    December 19th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    You will LOVE this salad then. So refreshing.

  39. Pat

    December 21st, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Do you think you could use mandarin oranges(?canned) to make it more for the holidays??

  40. bakedbree

    December 21st, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    You could, but I don’t think that they are as fresh tasting.

  41. Kelly

    December 24th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    How many beets are in a bunch? Also will this salad hold up if i make it the night before? And how many servings does it make? I have never had beets and am excited to try this! Thanks!

  42. bakedbree

    December 25th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    About 3-4 to a bunch. Yes. About 4.

  43. morgan

    January 13th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Can you give an idea how many people this might serve? For a dinner party of 8 should I double it?

  44. bakedbree

    January 13th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    4 to 6.

  45. Ayesha Arif

    November 23rd, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Hi.. Can we used canned beetroots instead of fresh baked ones?

  46. bakedbree

    December 2nd, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Sure thing! Or you can use the pre-roasted in the produce section of the grocery store.

  47. winter salads – foost

    July 16th, 2018 at 3:13 am

    […] For me oranges says winter. So this salad was a must try for me from Baked Bree.  Roasted veg, crunchy nuts and soft, juicy citrus – what’s not to love! Recipe here: roasted beet and orange salad […]

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