Wednesday, March 2, 2011

eating my vegetables: roasted beet and citrus salad

One of my favorite restaurants in Newport Beach is Gulfstream.  I'm guilty of always ordering the same thing--their amazing ahi burger with roasted beets on the side.  (I want to note that I substitute the beets for incredible shoe string French fries because I'm that healthy.)  While I don't think I could ever duplicate the ahi burger, I have always wanted to try my hand at a roasted beet salad.  And Pretty Mommy's Brighter and Lighter Recipe Exchange was a perfect excuse to do it.  That, and the fact that I like to eat.  Here's what I came up with.  (It's better than the inspiration.)

Roasted Beet, Citrus, Mint, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad, serves 2 or really, just me
3 red or golden beets, roasted and peeled and cooled. (See how here but increase temp to 425 degrees so that you can get to eatin' quicker.  Also, a suggestion -- wear GLOVES when peeling!)
1 orange or two tangerines or something orange colored and citrusy (see photo below.)
1/2 cup walnuts (Put in oven for 5 minutes while you roast the beets.)
few handfuls of organic baby spinach
1/4 cup fresh crumbled goat cheese (More is good too.)
2-3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Citrus Dressing
zest of one orange
zest of one lime or lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh (or not) orange juice
1-2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix first 5 ingredients.  Then whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Adjust salt and pepper to taste.  You will have leftover dressing and it's good.

{Do you ever have to label your food in your own house?  I don't know what this actually is.  The produce 
man at Gelson's told me to get it.  Best orange-like substance I have ever tasted.  I will ask him the next time 
I go grocery shopping, which is pretty much every day.}

Cut the beets into large chunks. Peel orange and cut into bite size pieces.  (You could be fancy and section your orange like this, but I save fancy for when I'm going out to eat and someone is serving me, not when I'm making myself a salad for lunch.)  Put the oranges in a large bowl with the spinach, walnuts, and mint.  Pour a little dressing over and toss lightly.  Plate the salad.  Top with chunked beets and crumbled goat cheese.  Drizzle with a bit more dressing.  Eat it up.  If it's after four in the afternoon, drink a glass of cabernet with it.  Also, go ahead and roast some more walnuts because you'll eat them while you are drinking your wine and waiting for those beets to hurry up and be done.

Thanks to Michelle for including me in her recipe exchange.  Please check out the rest of the scrumptiousness right over here.


  1. If I had beets, I'd make this right now. I too, am at the store all of the time, and will pick up beets later today, so I can try this asap. Looks like a perfect combination of flavors, and another way for me to use beets (other than in a cake +).

  2. Delish! This is on the books for the weekend :)

  3. Looks great! I like that you told us to roast some extra walnuts to eat & drink wine while waiting for the seem like a woman after my own heart! And the beet "carnage" photo is great. :)

  4. yum. love beets and goat cheese. i buy beets by the box at trader joes.

  5. That looks delicious! wonderful and fresh! The red hands may give me a mild panic attack, but I am willing to try. :)

    Have a great weekend!

    ...the very first time I had beets, I was a kid, and thought they were cranberry sauce. :/

  6. You know I don't like cooking with beets for the shear fact that i get my hands all dirty. I wish they had like flash frozen beets or something I could use or maybe some genius somewhere could come up with no-color beets! That would be great. Seriously though this looks wonderful and if you could and peel the beets for me then I will definitely be making it! LOL!

  7. Absolutely love beets and the fact your hands are totally red makes them even more fun. Also a great recipe for my leftover beef from local BBQ place. My husband won't eat beets but I love them and the red ones are so much more interesting and tasty than the yellow...

  8. I loved the salad! We enjoyed with Nigella's simple coq au vin... a perfect dinner to end a hectic day =).

    I'm looking forward to enjoying the dressing again tonight!