Roasted Beet & Orange Salad

Beets and oranges are a classic combination.
The sweetness from the roasted beets crossed with the fresh vibrancy of the oranges not only make this salad deliciously simple, but heavenly, and oh so pretty too.  Talk about a pop of colour, stunning.

I love beets.
I love oranges.
I love the colours of these two next to each other.

All the flavour components in this salad play off each other beautifully and lend itself to a perfectly healthy dinner.  Who says healthy eating doesn't taste great.  Those people are clearly doing something wrong, something like not eating this salad.  Don't be one of those people.

Roasted Beet & Orange Salad

2-3 large beets, washed, root ends and stems still intact
2 oranges, peeled & segmented
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4 cups mixed greens, loosely packed
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted

orange vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 425F.  Individually wrap beets in tinfoil and roast for 45-55 minutes.
Allow to cool until safe to handle, rub off skins and cut into wedges.
In large bowl combine greens, oranges, and onion.  Add in vinaigrette using as much as desired and toss.
Layer in beets (do this last to prevent bleeding and staining of salad) and top with pine nuts.

Serves: 2-4 

Orange Vinaigrette

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
pinch of orange zest
salt & pepper to taste

In small container combine oil, juice, zest, salt and pepper.  Whisk till combined.
Store leftovers in air-tight container in refrigerator.


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