Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette – 388 calories

This is the dish to serve to people who don’t like beets! The citrus vinaigrette mellows the flavor of the beets, it’s delicious!

I had the best meal of my life recently at Luna Red in San Luis Obispo. I was working on an article for the June/July 2013 issue for Indulge Magazine on the restaurant and the chef.

I still can’t get the beet salad Chef Shaun served me out of my head. So today I decided to replicate it. My beet salad was no where as beautiful as Chef Shaun’s was, but it was a good “at home” version. I used Italian parsley, but use any leafy green like basil, spinach, arugula, watercress.

Makes 2 servings as a meal, 4 as a side dish.



  • 3 large beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado cut into squares
  • 2 oranges
  • Small bunch of Italian parsley
  • walnuts (optional)


  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (Meyer preferably)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive  Oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (I used pineapple infused, but apple cider vinegar and white wine would be fine too)
  • Salt and Pepper

Get started:

beets fresh

Pre heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut the ends off the beets and scrub clean.

Line a 9×9 casserole dish with 2 feet of foil, place beets inside. Cover with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Close up the foil and seal the ends leaving room for air. Place in the oven for 1 hour, when you can push a fork through they are done.

While the beets bake make the vinaigrette, add all the ingredients to a jar, cover and shake. You can also whisk in a bowl.

Use a pairing knife to remove the orange peel, slicing into the orange flesh so that it is exposed. Then carefully slice the orange segments out of the membranes, think about a grapefruit in reverse.

After an hour remove the beets from the oven and let cool before opening the packet and moving to chopping board (use plastic, this will stain wood).

When the beets are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to help remove the skins. Then slice the beets very thin into rings.

Place the rings onto two plates, top with orange segments, cover with vinaigrette, then avocado squares. Use a pair of scissors to snip the parsley onto the plates, serve hot or cold.

Nutrition information:

Each serving has:

  • Calories: 388
  • Fat: 31- these are all GOOD FATS form the olive oil and avocado
  • Fiber: 10
  • Protein: 4
  • Carbs: 28

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