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Roasted Beet Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Mascarpone Cheese

Beet salad w Orange
Beet salad w mandarins

Roasted Beet Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Beets and mandarin oranges are plentiful in my local grocery store, as both are in season.  I recently had a delicious beet salad with mandarin oranges at the Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland.  Then last week I had a great beet salad with mascarpone (no mandarins) at Tulio in Seattle.  I liked both salads very much and decided to combine the flavors from both salads and came up with what you see here.  This is about as easy a salad as you can get other than stopping at your local salad bar (which I am never in favor of).  You do have to roast the beets, but it is quite easy, just have to account for the time in the oven and then chilling the beets.  I really enjoy the crunchiness of the finishing salt and the great flavor when the beets are swathed in really good olive oil and a rich balsamic vinegar.   So instead of serving “same old, same old”, why not try something different this holiday season? And yes, there is that “festive” factor too of the red and green!

Fresh beetroot

Fresh beetroot – leave about 1″ of the stem attached to prevent loss of nutrients and color during roasting.

After roasting, remove the skin by gently peeling with your fingers. Wear gloves as the juice will stain anything it comes in contact with.

Roasted beets – cooked and skins removed. Cooled and ready to be thinly sliced using a mandolin.

Ingredients:

6 medium size red beets (I used organic)
4 Tbl. olive oil
3 Tbl. balsamic vinegar
2 mandarin oranges
Pink finishing salt
1 container Mascarpone cheese
Baby frisee lettuce
 

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Cut off stems, leaving about 1″ on end.  Thoroughly wash beets and place on aluminum foil.   Generously pour a few glugs of olive oil and a light sprinkle of kosher salt.   Wrap up edges and roast for 45-60 minutes.   I check them at 45 with a fork to see if they are tender.
  2. When cool, peel the beets with your hands (wear gloves) – it should drop off easily.   Slice into thin slices.
  3. On dish add a layer of the sliced beets, two spoonfuls of mascarpone cheese on either end and top each mound with mandarin sections. Add some frisee in the center of the beets.  Drizzle olive oil on top and then a bit of balsamic vinegar.
  4. Lastly, sprinkle some finishing salt over the top.  I used Pink Finishing Salt to complement the red of the beets (and largely because that is what I had in my pantry).

Beet salad w Orange

Yield:  Serves 6

  POINTS OF INTEREST:

  • The ancient Romans considered beets an important health food and an aphrodisiac
  • Beets contain betaine and trytophan so it relaxes the mind and contributes to a sense of well being.
  • Beets can be made into wine that tastes similar to port.
  • Down under the Aussies require a slice or two of beets on their burgers (as important as adding onions as we do in the States).

8 Comments

    • I have made a lot of cold beet salads before but either sautéed the beets or used them out of a can – but no longer, I can’t imagine using anything but fresh beets and roasting them, especially since it is so easy. Thank you for the comments Lindsay, really appreciate it!

  1. fancy stuff–very pretty:-) Appreciate the beet peeling tip. Hadn’t figured out a good way to do it yet and always lose too much beet:-( Will try it your way–looks slick.

    • Thanks Liz! After roasting, the skin just falls off the beets with a little nudge using your fingers. I have a box of those latex surgical gloves for occasions like this – works well.

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