Friday, December 12, 2014

VVP 2014: Roasted Beet and Grapefruit Salad

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.

This salad is bright, tart, and rich.  It's very simple to make, and it doesn't have many ingredients.  I'm sure that it would be a hit at your holiday gatherings.  It's also a light dish to accompany so many heavy dishes you might find at a party.

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
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (F).
  2. Using gloves, cut off beet greens and save.  
  3. Peel beets under running water.
  4. Slice beets into large discs.
  5. On a large cookie sheet, cover bottom with foil.
  6. Place beets on foil, pour 1 tbs olive oil and generous pinch of salt.
  7. Place thyme over beets.
  8. Cover with foil.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes covered.
  10. While beets are baking, toss lettuce with juice from 2 lemons and 1 tbs olive oil.
  11. Let rest in the fridge while beets are cooking.
  12. Cut grapefruit in half.  Use a knife to cut out each piece.  
  13. Remove pieces and place on a plate.
  14. Place in the fridge while beets cook.
  15. Smash pistachios in a chopper or with a knife.
  16. After 30 minutes, remove foil on beets.
  17. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your beets.
  18. 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.

I really hope you enjoy this salad, and I know you need to get moving to the other dishes in the potluck.  Everyone has done such a wonderful job, and there are many great recipes to see.  So, click the buttons below to keep moving through all the posts, and enjoy!

If you are jumping into the potluck at my post, click below to go to the beginning!

or click here for a full list of blog posts.


  1. Yum - this looks so fresh and festive for the holidays!

  2. Pistachios, grapefruit, and beets together?? Delicious combo!
    Happy VVP!

  3. The colors are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at the Potluck!

  4. PS Parsley in My Teeth looks like a no-show for the moment. I've emailed her to ask her to get her post up ASAP.

  5. This look so delicious. Love the cat cameo, too :)

  6. Seriously looks so delightful and refreshing! YUM!

  7. I love your combination of beets with grapefruit!

  8. I can hardly stand how gorgeous these pictures are! Absolutely beautiful colors (and flavors!) and setting. (I'm seriously jealous that you're able to do pics outside right now..) happy VVP! :)

    1. Thanks! It is not often that I get to shoot outside, since I mostly cook/take pictures after work. I caught a very cloudy and perfect day.

  9. I love this combination! This is definitely going on my list of recipes to try. Thank you!

  10. Basil is so cute! One of my cats, Dylan loves carrot greens, beet greens, and kale, collards,etc. I think he's vegan curious! Ha.

    1. That's so interesting! Basil tries to steal greens at every chance.

  11. Grapefruit was my first thought, too. This salad looks great!

    1. Thanks! I love grapefruit this time of year.

  12. Those beets looks amazing! And paired with thyme, grapefruit and pistachios...SO good!!

  13. Love the idea of roasting beets covered with aluminum foil - I've had mixed results roasting them before, but creating a foil 'pocket' should help cook them through more evenly!

    1. It definitely made them cook evenly. I think steaming them is a good way to go

  14. This looks so, so yummy! I really do love anything with grapefruit. Also, your kitty is adorable and her expression in that photo is priceless!

  15. Beetroot and grapefruit! That's definitely on my list to try! Really love the flavour combo.

  16. What a beautiful salad! The perfect appetizer :)

  17. Hi, looks just lovely. Thanks for bringing it to the VVP!


I'd love to hear from you!