Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad

Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad

Beets are plentiful in October here in North Carolina. What is your favorite way to enjoy beets? I love beets fixed many ways but I think my favorite is tossed in a simple salad that lets each flavor shine through.  Roasted beets, sweet orange, walnuts and goat cheese team up nicely with a light tangy vinaigrette for a light but nutritious salad. Hope you enjoy!

Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
Orange, Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
Prep
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wrap beet in aluminum foil and place in oven. Roast for 45 minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, cut into wedges.
  2. While beet is cooking, peel and segment the oranges. Start by slicing off both ends of the orange which will make it easier to trim away the rest of the peel. Work over a a bowl ready to catch the citrus juices.
  3. Trim away the skin and pith, starting at the top and slicing downwards following the curve of the fruit. Try to cut away all of the skin and the pith without also taking too much of the fruit.
  4. Using a paring knife, cut into one of the segments until you reach the middle of the orange to release the segment, but don't cut through any of the membrane. Work slowly around the orange until all of the segments have been released. Squeeze juices from the membranes into the bowl.
Dressing
  1. To make the dressing, add olive oil, white wine vinegar and dijon mustard to collected orange juice, whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For a reduced sodium dressing omit salt.
Compose the salad
  1. Place lettuce, beets, oranges and walnuts into a large salad bowl. Toss with dressing until dressing is well distributed.
  2. Serve individual portions and garnish with goat cheese.
  3. Bon appétit.
Recipe Notes

*Feta cheese has ~316 mg of sodium per oz.  Goat cheese has ~146 mg sodium per ounce.

Variation: If you prefer a plant based substitution for the goat cheese, try tofu feta cheese. 

 

 

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