Friday, February 12, 2010

Citrus Beet Salad

Looking for an elegant side dish for your Valentine's Day table? This jewel-toned salad brightens a classic winter pairing ~ citrus and beets ~ with a sunny ginger dressing. Light and simple to prepare, you can serve this either family-style, in a bowl, or plated for a special dinner a deux.

Citrus Beet Salad
  • 1 cup sliced beets
  • 1 large orange, supremed
  • 1 sweet pink grapefruit, supremed
  • Ginger-Honey dressing (recipe follows)
  • Toasted chopped walnuts, to garnish
Ginger-Honey Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom or clover honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Arrange beet and citrus slices on a chilled salad plate or combine in a bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Spoon a bit of dressing over the salad. Garnish with toasted walnuts. Serve immediately.

Makes about 4 servings.

Recipe Notes:
  • I preferred to use fresh, supremed orange and grapefruit segments for this salad, but feel free to choose canned mandarin orange and grapefruit segments.

  • You can use either cooked fresh beets or canned beets ~ the result will be delicious either way.


  1. ooh, so pretty. I've been thinking about doing a citrus salad for brunch tomorrow, and I like the addition of beets.... although I suspect it might scare some people who are scared of beets. ;)

  2. Hahaha! Yeah, beets can be pretty scary to the uninitiated! I suggest using a cookie cutter to cut the slices into adorable heart shapes . . . totally nonthreatening and who could resist?! :)


  3. Beets are really delicious but I rarely have them. This looks like it has just the right amount of sweetness!

  4. Sometimes the simplest things are the best!


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