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Blood Orange Beet Salad

You Should Pack This Irresistibly Juicy Salad For Lunch

The following post was originally featured on Delish Knowledge and written by Alex Caspero, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

I've had a giant basket of these gorgeous blood oranges staring back at me for the past few days. After spying them last weekend at the market, I scooped up a bag hoping that creative recipe juices would flow from them to me. Produce osmosis, if you will.

How do I highlight these juicy magenta fruits? Deeper in both color and flavor than a traditional orange, these deserve the royal treatment. After consulting my food-pairings bible, I brainstormed a list of yogurt bowls, cocktails, and desserts when lunchtime came calling.

Having very little patience to create anything new, I threw together various ingredients in the fridge and pantry: leftover roasted beets, spinach, butter lettuce, avocado (always avocado), a little feta, and a quick walnut dressing. Oh, and some sliced blood oranges for good measure.

And then I took that first bite. And then another. And another. And before I could finish the bowl, I was slicing up more avocado and oranges for the next go around. Forget the fancy desserts and blood-orange-infused drinks, this salad was an instant winner. I say this often because it's true — beautiful, nourishing food doesn't always have to be so complicated. It's one of the first lessons I teach to improve your kitchen confidence: start with delicious food and you will have delicious food.

I've eaten this salad for the past three days in a row, and it's just as appealing as it was the first time. Texture-lovers, you are going to love this one. Creamy avocado, tart oranges, tangy feta, I could go on and on. Thankfully, I don't need to. The pictures are much better at telling the story. For a healthy, nutrient-packed lunch, start here. Bonus points that it stars pretty-in-pink beets and oranges; perfect for any upcoming Valentine's day lunch or dinner.

Blood Orange and Roasted Beet Salad

Blood Orange and Roasted Beet Salad

Notes

This Winter salad is so delicious, you've gotta try it! Vegetarian, easily vegan, and gluten-free.

Blood Orange Beet Salad

Ingredients

1 lb. beets, scrubbed clean
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt/pepper
4 cups baby spinach leaves
4 cups torn butter lettuce leaves
4 blood oranges, peeled (serve either as segments, chopped, or thinly sliced)
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup feta
Walnut Dressing:
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Lightly rub olive oil over the beets and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your beets. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, and gently rub off the skin using your fingers or a paper towel.
  3. Cube and set aside.
  4. Toss the spinach and butter lettuce leaves together and divide among 4 bowls. Divide the remaining ingredients among the bowls: chopped avocado, blood oranges, beets, and feta.
  5. Finely chop the walnuts and place in a small bowl along with the thyme leaves, lemon juice and minced garlic clove.
  6. Drizzle in the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salads, and serve immediately.
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