Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad with Lime Vinaigrette




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I had this Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad several times while I was in Florida last month, and it was one of the things I looked most forward to recreating at home. Beets and grapefruit are a classic pairing, and the tangy acidity of the citrus complements the sweet starchy beets perfectly.   It’s one of the healthiest lunches you could possibly have.

Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad is a delicous way to stay healthy and it fits into low carb, low calorie, Paleo and gluten free diets

The thing that makes this dish so tempting to me is that it uses three different kinds (and colors) of beets: red, pink, and golden.  The colors look stunning next to the grapefruit.  I quarantine my deep red beets so they don’t bleed their color on everything else, and put them on the salad at the last minute, in their own corner of the plate.

Beautiful beets for Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad

For any of you with a lingering beet phobia, spring is the time to start facing it down.  Beets are downright gorgeous at this time of year, they have a delicate flavor and a creamy texture.  When you roast them in the oven, their skins will slip off easily.

Roasting colorful beets for Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad

You can make round slices, wedges, or just cut them up in big cubes.  They keep really well in the refrigerator, so you can slice and dice them into salads all week long.

Colorful roasted beets for Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad

There are lots of variations on this salad, sometimes you’ll see the beets paired with avocado, or oranges, and often there will be some kind of cheese, like creamy goat cheese or crumbles of feta or blue.  If you like nuts, add walnuts, or top it it with crushed pistachios. Serve the whole thing over spring greens, if you want to.

Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad is healthy, low calorie, Paleo, glueten free, and delicious!

In the spirit of Minimal Monday I left mine plain and simple, but delicious.  Below is more of a guideline than a recipe.

Minimal Monday: Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
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Minimal Monday: Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients

    salad
  • Mixed beets (allow about 2 small or 1 medium beet per serving)
  • Ruby red, pink, or mixed grapefruit sections (about 1/2 grapefruit per serving)
  • thinly sliced red onion for garnish
  • lime zest for garnish
    vinaigrette
  • 2 large limes
  • zest of one lime
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • honey
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 425F
  2. Roast the beets. (You can do this ahead) Cut off the leafy greens from the beets. Scrub them and put them on a dry baking sheet. Roast until a small sharp knife pierces them easily. Depending on the size of your beets, this may take an hour to an hour and a half.
  3. Remove the beets from the oven and when they are cool enough to handle, slip off their skins. If you have trouble, use a serrated vegetable peeler.
  4. If doing ahead, refrigerate the beets until ready to use.
  5. Slice, quarter, or chop the beets, but keep the dark red ones separate so they don't bleed color on the others.
  6. Arrange the beets on individual plates along with the grapefruit. Top with thinly sliced red onion. Just before serving, drizzle with the Lime Vinaigrette, and garnish with a little lime zest.
  7. To make the vinaigrette, juice the limes, and slowly drizzle in good olive oil, while you whisk it. Add a drop of honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the zest and taste to adjust any of the ingredients to your liking.

A zesty Lime Vinaigrette for Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad

Have a healthy Monday!

Healthy and low calorie Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad is as beautiful as it is delicious!

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    shannon weber
    April 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    when someone says they’re afraid of beets, i always urge them to try the spring beats also, because agree: they are gorgeous right now. so many colors! i’ve been roasting them frequently to add to chopped kale with a little caraway vinaigrette; easy lunch. i never thought to pair them with grapefruit, which we have in beautiful abundance right now (i just made a grapefruit curd for the first time the other day and was stunned by their sweet/tart redness) i think i have one leftover, which means I could make this today without even running to the store.

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    What a gorgeous salad, Sue! I haven’t been able to get enough grapefruits in me this past winter…they have been so sweet…this looks so lovely combined with the savory beets!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Sue, those beets are almost too pretty to eat ……. almost, though the salad sounds terrific!

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    Christina Conte
    April 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Oh, my goodness! I am so excited about winning the Royal Rose Simple Syrups! What a nice start to the week! I cannot wait to use them!

    Now, that gorgeous beet and grapefruit salad; it almost looks too good to eat! Sounds absolutely wonderful!

    Thanks, Sue-I’m so looking forward to receiving the syrups ;)

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 23, 2013 at 1:50 am

    What an elegant yet simple salad. So refreshing. I bought a bunch of different beets a couple of weeks ago. Put them into roast and fell asleep. Needless to say, I will have to buy more when I go to my NH farm.

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    Joy Bee
    April 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    A beautiful salad. I love beets, but I don’t love the mess of dying everything red/pink. Is it really so simple to slip the skin off after roasting? I definitely want to try this.

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    Jeanette
    April 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I love how pretty this simple salad is – it’s hard finding different colored beets but I am definitely keeping my eye out. Love the idea of lime in the vinaigrette.

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    Jeanette
    April 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I love how pretty this simple salad is – it’s hard finding different colored beets but I am definitely keeping my eye out. Love the idea of lime in the vinaigrette.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Beets are like nature’s candy! Peel, quarter, roast at 400F with EVOO and pepper and enjoy the caralized wonderfulness right off the baking tray. They’re so good and this is the time of year especially to enjoy…your beet pics are beautiful! They’re in that same family as sweet potatoes, and medjool dates …candy via by nature :)

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    La Table De Nana
    April 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Sounds super good..we love beets..:)

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    Barbara
    April 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Is that the perfect salad, or what?? Love the sweetness of the roasted beets. Nice lime vinaigrette, too.

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