Beet and Citrus Salad with Fennel

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Editor’s note: This is a great salad for an iron-rich lifestyle — beets contain a good bit of iron but when they are paired with oranges, you have a high vitamin C salad to improve your iron digestion in your entire meal. For those tired of the usual pairings of vitamin C salsas and salads, this will be a great change.

by Jeanie Rose

This is a bright fresh-tasting show-stopper of a salad. If you already have roasted beets, then the ease and speed of putting this salad together will be a delightful surprise. Leave out none of the ingredients, if at all possible. This is one of those combinations where all the parts sing in harmony. Leave one out and the tune is a bit thin.

Even folks who have avoided beets will be drawn by the beauty of this salad and then probably be convinced to take a bite. You might even make a beet convert with this one.

This salad nicely balances the heaviness of beef, but goes well with grilled fish or chicken as well. For a vegetarian plate, serve this with falafel and hummus for a memorable meal.

Beet Salad Ingredients

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  • For a side-dish salad use 1/2 roasted beet and 1/2 orange. Double for a giant salad.

  • Mixed baby greens for each plate
  • Heaping tablespoon toasted nuts for each plate
  • Fresh fennel weed and chives minced for garnish – be generous

Beet Salad Dressing

(serves 2)

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Beet Salad Steps

  1. Line each salad plate with baby greens. There is no need to dress the greens, as the salad topping provides plenty of oily goodness.

  2. Cube the roasted beets and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Peel the orange(s), separate the segments and cut the segments into bite-sized pieces. Place the orange pieces in the bowl with the cubed beets.
  4. Mix up the dressing in a small bowl. Use the finest extra virgin olive oil and Dijon mustard you can manage. Depending on how many people you are serving, you may want to double or triple the ingredients. What is listed above serves two substantially.
  5. Pour the dressing over the beets and orange pieces. Mix everything gently. You want each piece to be coated with dressing but without bruising the beets and fruit. The beet juice will color the dressing and the dressing will color the oranges. It may be worth making this salad just to watch the color show.
  6. Divide the beet/orange mixture among the salad plates.
  7. Generously garnish each salad with the fresh fennel and chive combination. Both of these herbs provide a critical piece of the final flavor experience, so don’t be skimpy.
  8. Sprinkle on the toasted nuts. The added crunch of the nuts is a fine finish for this otherwise soft salad. Toasted walnuts or pecans are recommended for their crunch value. If you are a nut lover, toss on an extra serving. The extra nuts will do no harm to the finished salad.

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2 Responses to Beet and Citrus Salad with Fennel
  1. Chaya
    May 14, 2012 | 10:22 am

    I have been adding beets to our meals so this is perfect for us. I am glad you shared this with us at My Meatless Mondays.

    It is being featured, this week, so visit later and see the other meatless recipes, that are also stars.

  2. Christy
    May 18, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    I have several jars of beets I canned last fall – I am wondering is the taste difference between roasted and home canned that much different?? I am going to give this a go as I am always looking for ways to eat beets.

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