Recently on the weekends, my husband and I have enjoyed at least one dinner at home. Without the craziness of a workday, I have time to prep and experiment on our weekend meals. I’ve done a turmeric rice dish that’s quite amazing (hoping to share that soon) and this baby beet and fresh orange salad, which was too delicious and easy not to share right away…
I know what you’re thinking – another beet salad, Luci? Really? And the answer is yes. I mentioned how much we love beet salads, so you shouldn’t be too surprised. With beets constantly in my kitchen of late, it leaves lots of room for experimentation.
baby beet and fresh orange salad
These beets were actually sitting in my cupboard. They’re steamed baby beets and shelf-stable though Trader Joe’s sells theirs in the refrigerated section. Besides taking out the work of steaming and peeling, they also last a long time until opened, so they’re pretty awesome.
When I went to make a fresh orange salad with beets for one of our stay-at-home dinner nights a few weekends ago, I wanted to jazz it up just a bit.
This time around I added honey (like I did in this cold beet salad), olive oil, and chopped pistachios. Of course I loved the dish, but what I particularly loved was the combination of the sweet oranges with the olive oil. The acid of the oranges balanced with the oil for a fruity olive oil and vinegar-esque situation was magic.
I was actually trying to get extra olive oil on my bite, which sounds so crazy, I know. Before citrus season ends, you should definitely try this fresh orange salad. It’s really rather life changing (and healthy!). And a friendly reminder to use high-quality olive oil. You won’t regret it!
FRESH ORANGE SALAD w. BABY BEETS
If you haven't fallen in love with beets yet, here's your chance. Mixed with the sweet tartness of fresh oranges and the sweetness of honey, you'll wonder why you didn't love them all along. Finish this fast salad with a great quality olive oil and you won't want to share with your dinner guests!
- 16 oz. steamed baby beets 12-18 baby beets - available at Trader Joe's or via Melissa's
- 2 medium oranges peeled
- extra virgin olive oil
- optional salted pistachios roughly chopped
- Cut baby beets in half. Cut larger baby beets in quarters if desired. Place half on plate.
- Slice oranges (across) into 4 thick slices each. Cut slices along segment lines. Place half on top of beets.
- Add remaining beets and then oranges to plate.
- Drizzle beets and oranges with olive oil, honey, and pistachios. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.