Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese

Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Jason Gledhill
If blood oranges aren't available, substitute 3 large navel oranges.

Yield:

Serves 8

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 163
Fat 6.9 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 2.6 g
Polyfat 2.1 g
Protein 4.8 g
Carbohydrate 21.9 g
Fiber 5.6 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Sodium 291 mg
Calcium 92 mg

Ingredients

12 multicolored baby beets
4 medium blood oranges
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (5-ounce) package mixed baby greens
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Leave root and 1 inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Cut an 18 x 12-inch sheet of foil. Place beets in center of foil. Gather edges of foil to form a pouch; tightly seal edges. Place pouch on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes or until tender. Cool 20 minutes. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Cut beets into quarters.

3. Grate 1 teaspoon orange rind. Peel and section oranges over a large bowl; squeeze membranes to extract juice. Set sections aside; reserve 3 tablespoons juice. Discard membranes. Combine rind, juice, vinegar, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

4. Divide greens evenly among 8 plates. Arrange beets and orange sections on top of greens. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts. Drizzle each serving with about 2 teaspoons dressing.

Note:

David Bonom,

May 2013