Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

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Roasted Beet and Orange Salad ~ colorful and healthy mid winter salad guaranteed to bring a little sunshine into your menu!

Sometimes it’s fun just to see how many colors you can get onto a plate.  Especially in mid-winter.  And the pigments in richly colored foods also function as anti-oxidants in humans, so it’s not only visually pleasing, it’s healthy.  It’s not bad advice to buy the most vividly colored fruits and vegetables you can find; they almost always have a nutritional edge over paler choices.

My palette: roasted beets, two kinds of oranges, micro-greens, some thinly sliced red onion and creamy goat cheese.  Salt, pepper, olive oil and any kind of vinegar you like, I finished off a bottle of sherry vinegar, my favorite.
I used leftover beets that I roasted for about an hour in a 400 degree oven the day before.  After they’ve cooled down the skins should slip off easily.   I picked up some Cara Cara oranges out of curiosity, you can see they have a rosy pink flesh next to the regular navels.

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    February 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    This salad is perfection!

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    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    February 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Beautiful salad! The colors are so vibrant and attractive. I pinned it on my healthy food board at

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Your photos are always breathtaking, but you outdid yourself today. I haven’t seen cara cara oranges here but will start to nag my produce man. Who knows, perhaps a miracle will occur. The salad looks wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    From the Kitchen
    February 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This is a great salad whatever the season! I love the bold colors. We’ve had the cara cara oranges in the markets here but haven’t seen them yet this season.


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    February 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    That’s a great combo, Sue. So much flavor in roasted beets. Great photo!

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    February 1, 2012 at 4:23 am

    This is gorgeous, Sue! I’ve been on a total salad kick this week. I have blood oranges from my CSA waiting on the counter and I’m already planning to put them in a salad. If only I liked beets more. This is a stunningly pretty salad!

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I’m recovering froma bad cold and my husband keeps telling me I need more vitamin C. This salad right now for lunch would be PERfect!

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    January 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Found you through Annie at Lovely things and am so glad I did – this looks delicious! Pinning for sure. I love cara cara oranges too – they’re supposed to be extra good for you – more of the good stuff in regular oranges and some extras too. Lots of health benefits and yummy!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Isn’t that lovely! so fresh and delicious
    mary x

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’m always striving to make my food as colorful as possible! This is one delicious and vibrantly hued salad!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    January 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Your salad looks excellent! I love the colors 🙂 So pretty, so delicious!

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    Baking Serendipity
    January 31, 2012 at 3:04 am

    This is gorgeous color! You are right…creating a plate with this much color is a serious feat in the winter. I could go for a burst of color in my January!

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    January 31, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Sue, this looks so light and refreshing and perfect for a Monday night dinner. I would pair it up alongside a nice creamy soup. Yum!

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    January 31, 2012 at 2:24 am

    wow stunning salad will share thanks so much for visiting my blog, will enjoy following yours Rebecca

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    January 31, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I was eyeing beets at the market today…now I wish I had picked up a few! Your salad looks marvelous, Sue.

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    January 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    This is so beautiful; I am in awe; of course I pinned it! thank you for your visit.

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    hobby baker
    January 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    It’s a beautiful plate, I love beets!

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    January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    What a delicious, healthy and pretty salad!

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    January 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    simply beautiful! At first I thought those were grapefruit segments, I’ve never seen a cara cara before…I’ll keep my eyes peeled. yum!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    January 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I can taste it now. So fresh and bright – lovely salad!

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    January 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    This is so pretty…and healthy. I noticed you have a new (I think) pin it button above your post…I think I will!