Thursday, February 5, 2009

Roasted Beet Salad w/ Oranges & a Ladybug



Here is a salad I make often during the winter months, when citrus and root vegetables are at their best.
This is such a delicious and pretty salad. I usually put this salad over arugula, but tonight I decided to make it Barefoot Contessa style sans greens.

As I was tossing the salad, I had a visitor on the counter, Mrs. ladybug. She took the time to pose for a photo opp.
Maybe it's good luck, or maybe I need to call an exterminator! I will go with the good luck theory!



You can make whatever dressing you like to put on this mixture.
I decided to add orange zest to the salad, like Ina does, and it added an extra zingy orange flavor.



I made a dressing of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and a tablespoon of honey.

I roasted a few beets, and when they were cool enough to handle, peeled them by rubbing the skins off. I quartered these.
I realized there weren't enough beets for a crowd, so I threw in a jar of drained Harvard beets, which worked out fine! (notice the 2 different colored beets).

Add sliced oranges, make sure you peel that white pith off. Some chopped red onion and you are ready to go. You can make this hours ahead and put in the fridge.

18 comments:

Culinarywannabe said...

LOOOVE roasted beets!! Your salad looks gorgeous. We need a cheery salad like this one days when the temps are this low.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - I'm a big fan of roasted beets too and usually serve them warm in an orange sauce or cold in a regular old lettuce salad. I really like your idea better. such a beautiful mosaic of colors.

Maria said...

I love the salad, but I REALLY love the ladybug!! So cute!! They are my favorite!

kat said...

A ladybug in the middle of winter?! I'd say that's luck

LaDue & Crew said...

It's "Happy food" ;o) That is my kind of meal- nutritious, too! I think Miss Ladybug just has good taste in food, and saw you were willing to indulge her. Hang onto her- she's good for getting rid of pests on your plants!

Pam said...

I wish I liked beets...they are so pretty and colorful but I just don't like the flavor. My husband would LOVE this salad. I may just have to make it for him.

Lisa said...

This looks so colorful! Believe it or not, I'm not fond of fresh roasted beets but love jarred or canned beets. Very weird, right?

jesse said...

Mmm, the salad looks delicious, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the good luck lady bug!

luckytastebuds said...

wow you have fabulous recipes and you make awesome looking food!! Nice job. :) You have a lucky family!

Bob said...

Looks good! And I'm not a huge fan of beets either. Heh, we get ladybugs in my apartment a lot, I wonder whats up with that.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love your salad it looks so colorful, healthy, citrusy, and just plain good! You don't even need the greens here, it's beautiful on its own!

Joie de vivre said...

How colorful and beautiful. Just what I need to get me through my winter produce slump! I'm surprised you have ladybugs! You must be in a much warmer clime than me. It seems the only thing that survives our winters are the mice! Ewww!

Nicole Lang said...

Like jewels! Can't wait to try, I heart beets

noble pig said...

Oh nice one and so beautiful! I love, love beets.

Carolyn said...

MMMM, that sounds like a great salad. I'm going to have to try that. As you know, I love beets!

Lori Lynn said...

What a neat colorful salad. Glad you took a photo of the ladybug, that was darling.
LL

Peter M said...

Stace, I'm viewing this salad with my mom beside me...she's this delish salad now! Need I say more?

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