Beet and Orange salad
January 22, 2010 • Category: Salads
I was watching Chef Elie on Soufra Daymeh, the daily cooking segment on LBC; he made a similar salad. Beets are so healthy to eat, since they almost cure you of all major diseases (anemia, cancer and the like); I vote to have all American public schools ban tater tots from their cafeterias and replace them with this salad!
- 3 or 4 beets
- 3 or 4 oranges
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 scallion (optional)
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
- For the salad: Roast the beets in a 375F oven till cooked, about 40 minutes.
- Peel the beets (with gloved hands preferably) and slice.
- Peel the oranges cutting through the rind and white skin, into quarters.
- Dispose the beets and oranges on a platter, sprinkle with chopped green onion if you wish and pour a few tablespoons of dressing.
For the dressing:
- Mash the garlic with a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger.
- Add a teaspoon of honey, stir.
- Squeeze half of an orange onto the mixture.
- Whisk while adding some olive oil, about double the volume of the orange juice.
NOTE: Chef Elie simply used rice vinegar for the dressing and no ginger. I just like mine better!
NOTE: Don’t throw away the beet leaves! Here’s a few ideas:
- Blanch them quickly (30 seconds) in boiling water and freeze.
- Use chopped in a bean soup.
- Use in lieu of spinach in turnovers or a quiche or a pasta dish.
HOW TO PEEL AN ORANGE:
I was watching Chef Elie effortlessly peel oranges and detach the segments and it dawned on me that I needed to master this (very useful) skill.
First step: Peel the orange à vif, or without any skin showing.
Second step: With a serrated knife, cut quarters in-between the skins.
And with the rest of the orange, well you can eat it! (good fiber!)
18 Comments • Comments Feed
Perfect timing! I had beets for the first time today and actually liked them. This recipe looks awesome!
On January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Dinners & Dreams says:
Even though I’m not a big fan of beets, I love the colors of this salad. I might even enjoy it because of the orange. Great combination. On the other hand, my mom loves beets and would eat it everyday if she could. Have a great evening!
On January 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm
i can never peel oranges so perfectly!! very nice recipe 🙂 i can just imagine the flavours, sweet, citrus and gingery!
On January 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm
The London Foodie says:
Lovely salad, I make something similar at home but I add coriander for the colour and freshness. What is the vegetable that you have on top of the salad with green leaves?
On January 23, 2010 at 3:35 am
A green onion or scallion.
On January 23, 2010 at 6:12 am
delices eyes says:
L’association betterave-orange est pour moi, une découverte…
On January 23, 2010 at 5:37 am
L’association orange /betterave me plait beaucoup.
Je ne l’ai encore jamais testée mais ça saurait tardé.
On January 23, 2010 at 6:54 am
Rachana Kothari says:
The Salad looks tempting. I like the combination of beet and orange. Healthy and Delicious.
On January 23, 2010 at 8:16 am
oum mouncifrayan says:
c’est ma salade préférée!!! ta version me plait bien
On January 23, 2010 at 8:34 am
I love beets and I could eat this salad every day.
On January 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm
How funny I made this salad for a catering event last wee, and then made it for us the second day and I didnt get the time to post it yet……….
great salad any time… I used orange peel and homemade red wine vinegar , red onion rings and garlic.
On January 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Beets and Orange are a lovely combination. I prepare a very similar salad. I place some mesclun green on a serving dish. I top it with rounds of beets, segments of orange, thin slices of red onion, some candied pecans and a few pieces of Maytag blue.
I prepare the dressing on the side (orange wine vinegar (from Texas olive oil ranch, amazing!!) with extra virgin olive oil and some kosher salt and black pepper). I drizzle the dressing over the salad platter to taste.
On January 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm
On January 24, 2010 at 12:15 am
Nice dish you present I love beets ! and with orange must be delicious !!
à bientot il pleut auj à Paris! Pierre
On January 24, 2010 at 2:57 am
Simply Life says:
Oh that dressing sounds great!
On January 24, 2010 at 6:11 am
I love the colour contrast and I might even add some Feta or goat cheese in the mix!
On January 25, 2010 at 9:49 am
I have beets and blood oranges in the fridge, waiting to be turned into a salad! I was planning on using spinach, golden beets, blood oranges, blue cheese and walnuts 🙂
On January 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm
Heather Ruzic says:
I have decided to start a protest against tater tots in my childs school. Find me on facebook to see if I can pull it off. Mom vs. The TateTot. Heather Holden Ruzic
On August 19, 2010 at 8:54 am