Citrus Beet Salad

by Kris on February 27, 2012

I am so glad it’s a new week! Between planning a surprise birthday party for Greg, baking forty eight cupcakes for said party, teaching myself web design, working on a new logo for the site, finding out in the worst possible way that our cat has worms, and spending countless hours at government offices, I was one strung out lady!

With so much going on I barely had time to cook. It felt like college all over again with meals consisting of hot dogs, mac and cheese, pizza and one too many cupcakes. Hello empty carbs! With all said and done, my body is dying for a long run and a healthy dose of fruit and vegetables.

Unfortunately, despite the spring weather we’ve been having in Texas, it is still technically winter and the produce at the farmer’s market reflects that. I was, however, able to pick up some nice beets and juicy grapefruit so I decided a fresh in season salad was possible, even in February.    

Honestly, this salad is exactly what I needed. The sweetness of the beets is balanced by the acidity of the grapefruit while the pumpkin seeds and goat cheese add a nice heartiness to the dish. I used a mixture of broccoli, clover and mustard sprouts, but alfalfa sprouts would work as well. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I did!

What type of salads do you enjoy in the winter?  

beet salad
Citrus Beet Salad

  • 5 medium beets, stems removed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 375

Wash beets and pat dry. Place beets on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Fold foil around the beets to create a sealed pouch. Place the pouch on a cookie sheet and bake until beets are tender. Cooking time varies on the size of the beets. After 30 minutes, pierce the beets with a fork. If they are still hard, return to the oven and test them every 15 minutes until they are tender.

Remove from oven and stand until they are cool enough to handle. Use your hands to peel away the skin. Slice into bite size wedges and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Line the bottom of a large bowl with sprouts and top with beets and grapefruit. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and goat cheese.

Serve immediately.

Yield 4

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Sydney Jones February 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

This sounds so nourishing and delicious :) I love beets and grapefruit!!

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Kris February 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks! Me too :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Mmmm.. Delicious! I love beets and citrus salads in winter!

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susan February 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love citrus and beets together. This looks amazing!

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Lisa February 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

What a unique combination for a salad! I’m bookmarking this right now to try on the weekend.

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Kris February 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks. Hope you enjoy!

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Eli February 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Yummy! Do you have to roast the beets? or can you steam them?

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Kris February 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You can definitely steam the beets. I roast the beets because I find it gives them a better flavor, but steaming or boiling would probably take less time.

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Stephanie February 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This looks amazing! I haven’t had a beet salad in so long and there is a huge package of goat cheese in my fridge that is just begging me to make this. I’ll be trying it tomorrow!

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Kris March 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

Thanks! Hope you enjoy! You have a beautiful blog by the way. You’re pinwheel cake is adorable and the jam cookies are calling my name!

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Maureen March 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Found your site via the Homies & Apt Therapy. Congrats on the win and looking at this, I can see why you won. This looks so delicious and your photography is amazing. It almost looks too good to eat!!

Do you mind sharing what type of camera you use?

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Kris March 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thank you! Currently I use a cannon 40D, but some of the earlier pictures were taken with a cannon 30D.

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Marissa March 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

This is the prettiest picture you’ve ever taken!

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Kris March 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

aww, you make me blush!

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