The time has arrived... it's Virtual Vegan Potluck! This is my first year, and I'm really excited. When I heard that the special ingredient was citrus, I immediately thought of grapefruit.
The grocery isles are bursting with beautiful oranges, clementines, and of course, grapefruit. So, I started to think about how to incorporate this into a salad, and I immediately thought of beets. I have been a beet-phobe for as long as I can remember, but this year, I branched out and began cooking with them. First, I used them in a chili, then in a salad, and now I am hooked.
Roasted Beet and Grapefruit Salad
Serves 4 large meal size servings or 6 appetizer servings
- 5 oz baby lettuce
- 1 grapefruit
- 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
- 7 beets
- 5 sprigs of thyme
- 2 lemons
- 2 tbs olive oil
- a generous pinch of sea salt
- cracked pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (F).
- Using gloves, cut off beet greens and save.
- Peel beets under running water.
- Slice beets into large discs.
- On a large cookie sheet, cover bottom with foil.
- Place beets on foil, pour 1 tbs olive oil and generous pinch of salt.
- Place thyme over beets.
- Cover with foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes covered.
- While beets are baking, toss lettuce with juice from 2 lemons and 1 tbs olive oil.
- Let rest in the fridge while beets are cooking.
- Cut grapefruit in half. Use a knife to cut out each piece.
- Remove pieces and place on a plate.
- Place in the fridge while beets cook.
- Smash pistachios in a chopper or with a knife.
- After 30 minutes, remove foil on beets.
- Bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your beets.
- Assemble salad! Place lettuce in a bowl, top with beets and grapefruit and sprinkle pistachios on top. Finish with a very small pinch of sea salt.
Make sure you keep your beet greens. They are a great addition to stir fry, and I like to roast them and eat them with squash. Basil, our cat, kept trying to steal the greens.
She got very angry when I kept trying to take them away. I have no idea why our cat has such an obsession with greens, but whenever I bring home groceries, she always tries to eat them.
I promise you, beets are not scary to cook. You will be rewarded by your efforts with an earthy, delicious topping to your salad. I wear gloves when I cut them, and I do everything by the sink for easy clean up.
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