Roasted Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad: Detox recipe 20 of 21May 12, 2012
Welcome to 21 Days of Detoxing with clean, whole, real food – boy do I have some good stuff in store for you! From now until May 13th you can find a new recipe here each day. You can wait until the next time I run this program live, or get yourself the DIY version available here.
We’re in the home stretch! Along the way everyone has given rave reviews of all our detox recipes here on the blog and in the official detox cookbook – it gives me such hope that we CAN move away from processed, prepared stuff and develop a preference for real, whole food.
Such important work. Whether you’ve been detoxing or just following along, I salute you!
Today’s recipe is from about a year ago when I recreated this restaurant beet salad at home. If you’ve never prepared beets, I know they can be scary. But they are round, friendly lil’ guys. I swear!
My beet tips?
1. Don’t peel them, just scrub. Way easier.
2. Wear gloves or handle them under running water to avoid staining your hands
3. When you get home from the store, immediately scrub those suckers and throw ‘em in the oven. That way they are ready to go when you need them.
And enjoy! Beets are very high in natural sugar compared to other vegetables, making them a good choice for satisfying a sweet tooth naturally.
Roasted Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad
Did you know that you don’t have to peel beets? It’s way, way easier to just scrub ‘em clean and cook until the skin is tender.
2 lbs. beets, scrubbed (greens reserved for another use)
2 large oranges
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbl. + 1/4 cup olive oil
S+P to taste
Chop beets into 1″ pieces and toss with 2 Tbl. olive oil. Spread in 1 layer in roasting pans and cook at 350F for 90 minutes. (This part can be done ahead of time. Refrigerate cooked beets until you’re ready to assemble the salad.)
Peel and chop oranges into 1″ pieces. Combine with beets, walnuts, 1/4 cup olive oil and salt + pepper to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Try adding fresh mint leaves for a twist. Not detoxing? Goat cheese or blue cheese could be lovely as well.
Question: What’s your favorite beet recipe?