This simple salad is a fresh and healthy choice for a side dish. Orange juice, raspberry vinegar, and maple syrup create the perfect dressing
3 large beets (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (4-oz.) package watercress, thoroughly washed*
2 small avocados, sliced
1/2 (4-oz.) goat cheese log, crumbled
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Freshly ground pepper to taste
How to Make It
Trim beet stems to 1 inch; gently wash, and place in a 3 1/2-qt. saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from heat; drain, rinse, and cool completely (about 25 to 30 minutes). Peel and cut beets into eighths.
Whisk together orange zest and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until blended.
Line a serving platter with watercress. Arrange beets and avocado slices in alternating rows (2 each) on top of watercress. Sprinkle with goat cheese, onion, and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve with orange vinaigrette.
*1 (6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach may be substituted.
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This was fabulous! I used fresh arugula from the garden instead of watercress and bought pre-crumbled goat cheese. The dressing is the perfect complement! Would also be good with toasted walnuts on top!
I made this for friends one night and we all agreed it was worth making again. Delicious. I also added some orange slices to the mix and it was even prettier than the picture. If you like beets and avacado TRY THIS SALAD. I plan on using it again for the holidays.
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