Orange and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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While cara cara oranges look like ruby red grapefruits, they’re not the same! Cara cara oranges are a result of a mutation in the navel orange, found in Venezuela. Their beautiful coloring comes from lycopene and beta-carotene, but if you’re not scientifically oriented then all that you need to know is how deliciously sweet they are.

You can really use any orange, I just went and got all fancy-pants and blogger-ish here. Mixed together with the earthiness of beets and any greens you have on hand (keeping this salad as noncommittal as possible), it’s a light and refreshing salad that hits on so many flavor profiles and textures.

P.S. The vinaigrette is AMAZING and truly makes this salad next-level fantastic. 

Don’t skip it if you know what’s good for you. 

Orange and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 beets, washed and greens trimmed
  • 3 cups greens of choice, such as arugula, baby spinach, or romaine
  • 2 oranges, such as cara cara, navel, or blood oranges
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, or nut of choice
  • Optional protein, such as crumbled goat cheese or roasted chicken

For the Citrus Vinaigrette

  • ⅓ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wrap each beet individually in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast until easily pierced by a knife, 50-60 minutes, depending on the size. Unwrap each beet and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Peel and slice the cooled beets. Segment the oranges. Arrange the greens, beets, and oranges on a serving platter. Sprinkle with nuts, then toss with the vinaigrette right before serving.

Notes

  • Vinaigrette can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake well before using.
  • Author: ChezChaya
    Calories: 300kcal
    Course: Uncategorized

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