11 January 2014

It's time again for The Salad Bar, hosted by Wendy of The Weekend Gourmet

This month's theme was Lighten Up!  The idea is to post healthy salads that will help us "detox" after all of our holiday feasting.  This salad came from Cooking Light magazine. It called for goat cheese, but I left that out to make it even more "light".  While it's low in calories, it has a definite "comforting" winter feel to it with the roasted beets.  And the orange honey vinaigrette brightens it up perfectly.

Winter Salad with Roasted Beets

2 medium beets 
Cooking spray
Spring mix lettuce
2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp honey

Preheat oven to 400°.  Leave root and 1” stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat beets with cooking spray. Bake for 1 hour or until tender. Cool beets slightly. Trim off beet roots and stems; rub off skins. Cut beets into ½” thick wedges.

Place spring mix and spinach on two plates.  Top with roasted beets.

Combine oj concentrate, vinegar, oil, and honey and whisk well to combine.  Drizzle over salad and beets.

Makes 2 salads.

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Calories: 110
Fat: 8g
Sat. Fat: 1g
Carbs: 8g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 2g

This salad would have been a little prettier if I had been able to find golden beets.  It would be great with a mix of regular and golden, but my grocery store didn't have the golden variety.  The original recipe called for using regular orange juice and cooking it down until it reduced to only 2 tbsp.  I thought it would just be easier to use concentrate.  I'm lazy like that.  I loved the dressing.  

This is a pretty simple salad, but I found it very satisfying.  I really like beets, but don't make them very often because I forget about them.  

So if you're still feeling a little bloated from last month, give this salad a try.  Also check out all the other great "light" salads below.  Come back next week to see salads made with "great grains".

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  1. How pretty...I'm just learning to like roasted beets! We're doing Meatless Monday in 2014, so this would be a great main dish salad by adding the goat cheese back in and sprinkling with some nuts.

  2. My husband would love this recipe as he loves beets. Me, not so much.

  3. Linda Whitehead MooreJanuary 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    This is a beautiful and flavor-filled salad. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  4. I love roasted beets and they are just perfect with orange. This looks awesome!