This healthy beet salad recipe with oranges can be quickly prepared in 20 minutes with shredded beetroots that soak up the orange juice dressing to give you a perfectly balanced yummy salad.
Earthy sweet beets with zesty oranges, refreshing mint and crunchy almonds brought together by a delicious orange juice dressing! This healthy beetroot 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.
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)
Try these beetroot masala vadas if you’re in a mood for healthy snacks with beets.
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)
Beetroots, oranges, mint leaves, almonds and a simple orange dressing are all you need for this beautiful zesty salad.
The trick to make 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 a salad.
So how do we cook beets that are suitable for a SALAD?
After a few trials, I came up with this way of “dehydrating” the beets: Peel the beets and shred them in a food processor. Place them in a wide pan and cook on medium-low heat, stirring continuously. 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.
This salad dressing is a super easy one (like the Indian chickpea salad dressing)- mix freshly squeezed orange juice with lemon juice, grated ginger, cayenne pepper, 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 dressing with all its amazing flavors. Add some mint for that herby flavor and toasted almonds for crunch, we have the best beet salad you can’t resist. So HEALTHY, so TASTY!
Can this salad be made ahead?
Yes, this 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.
What to serve beet orange salad with?
- Baked lemon mustard fish
- Panko crusted fish
- Citrus marinated salmon
- Lemon garlic chicken
- Baked chicken legs with olive oil.
If this salad is a winner, you might love my other salads as well:
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