Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad

Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad Recipe
This dish features holiday colors and a variety of textures, from crisp watercress and crunchy pecans to juicy oranges and buttery avocados. To make the most of the presentation, use a combination of red and yellow beets. You can prepare the beets and dressing in advance, then just assemble the salad before serving.


12 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup watercress, 1/3 cup beets, 1/4 cup orange sections, 2 slices avocado, 3/4 teaspoon pecans, and 1 tablespoon dressing)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 168
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 1.1 g
Monofat 5.1 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 24 g
Fiber 5.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 232 mg
Calcium 66 mg


6 large red or yellow beets (about 4 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
2 1/4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large avocado, peeled
3 bunches watercress (about 9 cups trimmed)
3 cups orange sections (about 3 large navel oranges)
3/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted


Preheat oven to 375°.

Remove root and 1 inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Cut beets in half; place beets in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Add water. Cover with foil, and bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool; rub off skins. Cut beets into 1/2-inch slices.

Combine rind and next 6 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl. Toss half of juice mixture with beets.

Cut avocado in half lengthwise. Slice each half into 12 slices. Place watercress on a platter; top with beets, orange sections, onion, and avocado. Drizzle remaining juice mixture over salad, and top with pecans. Serve immediately.

Joanne Weir,

Cooking Light

November 2005
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