Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with ginger lemon dressing

This roasted beet and mandarin orange salad with ginger lemon vinaigrette can be quickly prepared in 20 minutes. The shredded and roasted beetroot completely soaks up the dressing to give you a yummy vegan summer salad!

About the recipe

Earthy sweet beets with zesty oranges, refreshing mint and crunchy almonds brought together by a delicious ginger lemon dressing! Like all my salad recipes, this healthy beet and mandarin orange salad tastes as amazing as it looks. And it happens to be vegan and whole30. Beets and oranges not only look and taste good together but are also good for you.

The citrus ginger dressing is another reason you’re going to love this recipe. It is ridiculously easy to make and gives an aroma that will make you want to drizzle it on every edible thing! And don’t forget that both orange and ginger combined have a ton of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Health benefits of beets and oranges

Beetroot can lower blood pressure, which may lead to reduced risk of heart disease and other ailments. This root vegetable can also improve oxygen use, stamina, and exercise performance. (source)

Oranges, due to their high vitamin C content, help in the absorption of iron from the beets. Oranges are also rich in antioxidants and nutrients that promote heart health and help prevent kidney stones. (source)

Try the beetroot masala vadas if you’re in a mood for healthy snacks with beets.

Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with Mint in a white plate and a jar of citrus ginger dressing.

Salad ingredients

  • Beetroots
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Mint leaves
  • Almonds
  • Ginger orange dressing
    • fresh orange juice- I used freshly squeezed juice from mandarin oranges, you can also use no-added sugar store-bought orange juice.
    • lemon juice
    • grated ginger
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • red pepper flakes
    • Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
    • pepper

How to make beet and mandarin orange salad- step by step

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the recipe card at the end of this page.)

How to cook beets for salad

The trick to making this beet salad lies in preparing the beets. Beets are very juicy and leave out a lot of moisture when boiled, steamed or roasted. And we all know that a soggy vegetable is the wrong choice for salad.

After a few trials, I came up with this easy way of “dehydrating” the beets: Peel the beets and shred them in a food processor. Place them in a wide pan and spread out as much as you can. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Do not close. The beets will “sweat”, leaving out moisture and cooking in its own juices. Keep stirring until the juices evaporate completely. Once the beets cool down, they are ready for the salad.

There, you have dehydrated the beets in your kitchen without a dehydrator! You’ve prepped the beets in 10 minutes, while roasting or boiling would have taken about 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a win-win situation.

Ginger lemon dressing

This orange ginger dressing is a super easy one (like the Indian chickpea salad dressing)- Squeeze fresh juice from the mandarin orange (or use store-bought). Mix it with lemon juice, grated ginger, chilli flakes, salt, honey, and olive oil. Shake it all up and drizzle on the beets and oranges.

The beets have already released moisture, so they easily soak up the ginger lemon dressing with all its amazing flavors. Add some mint for that herby flavor and toasted almonds for crunch, we have the best beetroot orange salad you can’t resist. So HEALTHY, so TASTY!

Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with ginger lemon vinaigrette on a white plate.

Make ahead option

This summer salad keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. In fact, it tastes better the next day. Serve chilled or at room temperature. It tastes great either way. However, it is not suitable for freezing, since mandarin oranges tend to lose their texture and flavor when frozen.

What to serve with this vegan summer salad

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closeup view of ginger lemon dressing being poured on beet and mandarin orange salad on a white plate.

Beet and Mandarin Orange salad with Mint

This roasted beet and mandarin orange salad with ginger lemon vinaigrette can be prepared in 20 minutes. A yummy vegan summer salad with roasted beetroot!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 4
Calories 207 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • beetroot 1 pound/450 gms
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup almonds toasted and halved
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves

Citrus ginger dressing

  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel and shred the beets in a food processor or grater. Place them in a wide pan and cook on medium-low heat. The beets will leave out moisture and cook in its own juices. Keep stirring until all the juices evaporate. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Peel and segment the oranges, carefully removing the membranes. Add the cooked and cooled beets, toasted almond halves and mint leaves.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until well blended.
  • Drizzle 2/3 of the dressing on the salad and toss everything together. Taste and add more dressing as required, just before serving.

Notes

Storage: Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Keeps well for up to 2 days.
Make Ahead: The dressing can be made upto 4 days in advance and stored in a separate jar. The salad can be prepared 2 days in advance. 
Substitutions: Walnuts can be substituted for almonds. Feta cheese can be added for a non-vegan option.
Serving suggestions: Serve this beet orange salad with oven baked chicken drumsticks or citrus-marinated salmon.
Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with ginger lemon dressing
Keyword beet and mandarin orange salad, citrus ginger dressing, ginger lemon dressing, ginger lemon vinaigrette, orange ginger dressing, vegan summer salad

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