Zesty Beet Orange Salad

Salad bars are a real favorite at the Convent. They always bring a happy response from the sisters. With a variety of so many healthy wholesome food to choose from, everyone is sure to find something they like. Recently we roasted fresh beets intending to use them in a familiar salad. While they were being cut up my eyes fell on some beautiful oranges nearby- loving the colors of both I could not resist the urge to combine them. The result was a very different dish from what it started out to be! Not only did the rich colors complement each other, so did their flavors. Baking beets brings out their flavor as no other way of cooking them can. Combining them with fresh orange zest and fruit, red onions and red wine vinegar gives them a surprising zip and mouthwatering brightness.

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Zesty Beet Orange Salad
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6people
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COOK TIME
1hour
PREP TIME
30minutes
READY IN
1.5hours

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place beets in a foil lined pan and roast for an hour or until tender. Cool. Peel and cut into wedges.
  2. Place oil and vinegar into a mixing bowl.
  3. Grate 1 tablespoon full of the red onion into the bowl.
  4. Zest 1 tablespoon of orange rind into the bowl.
  5. Add finely chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon onion salt, freshly ground black pepper and marmalade.
  6. Whisk together and pour over beets. Cut rind off from oranges and cut fruit into slices or wedges. Combine with beets.

 

Buttery Orange Balsamic Beets

Sometimes the plain pure flavor of a food is so enjoyable in itself, I am reluctant to do anything to alter it.  This summer some of the beets we grew in our garden as well as some we purchased were so sweet and delicious on their own, we simply brushed them with a little olive oil, roasted them in the oven till tender and “watched them disappear.”

However this is not always the case.  When they are not so naturally perfect there are a variety of ways to enhance them, and one of the ways which many people find enjoyable is to turn them into what I call my Buttery Orange Balsamic Beets.

Simply add to your cooked beets these ingredients to the degree you wish.

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  1. Simply add to your cooked beets these ingredients to the degree you wish.