Beetroot Orange Salad
EVENT: MY FIRST RECIPE ON THE BLOG
With much excitement and a little nervousness here’s my first recipe, Beetroot Orange Salad. Most people make new year resolutions and the commonest one is to become healthy, get healthier or lose some weight. Whatever the resolution might be, I thought that starting on a healthy note is befitting. In order to get the post started, sat at computer wondering how to begin. Then I realized taking a tiny step is the best. Hence, a simple recipe.
MY BLOGGING JOURNEY
It has been a tough journey. However, I’m not complaining as I’ve made so many blogger friends, my photography has improved, my writing skills too are honed. Along the way I have also learned that I really don’t need everyone’s approval to enjoy what I love the most and that is cooking. I began the blog as a way to jot down my recipes, to treasure heirloom recipes, to share recipes with friends and families. A blog that has grown not only as a place where I note down recipes but also write down my memories and experiences. I’ve recently also started writing about my travels. Wish I had started earlier.
BEETROOT ORANGE SALAD
This salad recipe has been tried and tested numerous times and is very popular in our family. Salads should always appear colourful to the eye, must taste sweet, tangy, crunchy and a wee bit chilli or pungent. The combination of sweet beetroot with a tangy orange becomes a very flavourful, refreshing and a filling salad. Light meals for me usually means a good salad like this one. Serves 2 if eaten as an accompaniment, but serves only 1 person if enjoyed as a light meal. Cutting the onion into thin slices makes its more flavorful as I don’t like the overpowering taste of thick slices.
A bit about Beetroot
Beetroot, also known as beet, garden beet, table beet or red beet is a tap root of the beetroot plant. A great source of fibre, Vitamin B9 and vital minerals, it can eaten raw or cooked. High concentrate of nitrates means that beetroot is very good to keep ones blood pressure at an optimum level.Beetroot contains a pigment called betalains which possesses several anti -inflammatory properties. Nitrates present in beetroot also supports good brain health.
How can you use beetroot in your diet?
- The most common way is to include it in your salads like Beetroot Carrot Salad, Avocado Beetroot Salad or Beetroot Mango Feta Salad.
- Enjoy it as a cooling drink Beetroot Watermelon Juice, or as a smoothie like the filling and delicious Banana Beetroot Smoothie.
- Have you ever tasted Beetroot Rice? Go on check out the recipe.
- Want to serve it as a starter in the form of Beetroot Cutlets or Beetroot Ammini Kozhukkatai.
- Beetroot is so versatile that it can be served in the form of a dessert too. Check out my Beetroot Ice Cream ,Beetroot Halwa or Beetroot Energy Balls
- Did you know you can use beetroot to bake Red Velvet Muffins without using any artificial red food colour as the beetroot is enough to give that classic red velvet look.
- Gluten free
Not only have I updated the photos, but also a bit of the write up. When I first sat down to begin this blog, I had no idea what to write, how to take the photo and how to get noticed by the world besides my family and friends. Its been hard work to get somewhat noticed in the blogging world as there are so many food blogs out there.
If you’re on this page, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for you valued support.
BEETROOT ORANGE SALAD
FOR THE BEETROOT ONION SALAD
- 1 large orange
- 1 medium beetroot, cooked
- 1 small onion sliced
- some salad leaves washed and wiped dry
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
FOR THE ORANGE DRESSING:
- 2-4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp orange rind/zest grated
- ¼ - ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper powder
- PREPARATION OF THE SALAD:
- Wash and wipe the orange. Grate the peel, making sure you don't grate the white part.
- Keep the grated rind on the side.
- Peel off the white part of the orange.
- Cut the orange into slices or chunks.
- Cut the beetroot into slices or chunks.Add to the orange chunks or slices.
- Tear the salad pieces or leave it whole, depending on which kind of leaves your are using.
- Add the salad leaves and mint to the mixture.
- Finely slice the onion and add to the salad.
PREPARATION OF ORANGE DRESSING:
- Make the dressing by adding salt, pepper,orange and lemon juice and orange rind to the olive oil. Whisk it well.
- Drizzle it over the salad and serve.
- Store the extra grated rind in the freezer. Can use it for desserts, other salads or for baking.
- I find it easier to peel the orange rind with a peeler. Then it becomes easier to remove the white skin and slice it with a sharp knife.
- Use any salad leaves including baby spinach, beetroot leaves, etc.
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January 3, 2012 at 7:14 am
This sounds scrummy. I'm excited about this blog… maybe I'll do as Julie did!!?
January 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Hey Shreena thanks. Yeah keep checking, you may like some of the recipes. And believe me if you're going to follow my recipes it will be pretty easy. Poor Julie had to deal with a duck, lobster and what not.
August 5, 2015 at 11:57 am
a little bit of orange goes a long way in a salad I think.
August 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm
Your creation looks lovely and summery – just perfect for outdoor eating!
October 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm
A perfectly light salad for healthy dinner.
October 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm
This recipe looks so lovely and colourful. Perfect for summer .
October 9, 2017 at 9:11 pm
What a perfect way to enjoy all healthy veg and fruits! Great for warmer days!
October 10, 2017 at 8:59 am
This beet orange salad looks so refreshing and colorful. My first recipe on the blog was a salad too.
October 10, 2017 at 11:53 am
I always look for beetroot recipe and this is such a healthy version. Will definitely try
October 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm
First recipe in the blog is always close to our heart. The salad looks fresh and delicious.
October 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm
That's true Afroz and its one of my favorite salad.
October 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Nandita it is definitely tasty… the sweetness from the beetroot and the tanginess from the oranges makes a good combination.
October 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm
Thanks you Sapana. I've yet to go through your whole blog, but will do so slowly.
October 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Thanks Jagruti, I love to add both veggies and fruits to my salads.
October 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Thanks Nayna… do try it. its delicious.
October 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Yes it is Avin… I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
October 11, 2017 at 3:43 am
The best way to include fruits and veggies in meal …. lovely share
October 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm
October 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm
Beetroot and orange combo sounds unique and refreshing!!! Just imagining the sweet and sour flavour of the salad itself i am drooling!!! Lovely share….
October 31, 2018 at 8:10 pm
Thank you so much Geetha… try it. It is a burst of colors and flavours.
Freda @ Aromatic essence
October 31, 2018 at 7:21 pm
This is just the kind of salad I enjoy, with bursts of citrus flavors, this one is really amazing 🙂
October 31, 2018 at 8:05 pm
Thank you so much Freda.
Sasmita Sahoo Samanta
November 2, 2018 at 9:59 am
Beetroot and orange combo sounds much unique and refreshing as well !! And yes, the 1st recipe is always a close to us
November 3, 2018 at 12:41 am
Thank you so much Sasmita.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
September 5, 2019 at 7:55 pm
This may sound CRAZY but I have actually NEVER had beets before in my life!! 😮
September 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm
I think its time to try them 🙂
September 6, 2019 at 8:54 am
I love beetroot but I have never done this salad before. It looks so healthy and yummy too. I would love to try this one too.
September 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm
Thank you so much, please try it.
September 6, 2019 at 12:35 pm
This salad looks great. I haven’t tried orange and beetroot together before.
September 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm
Thanks Kelly, try it out, its delicious.
September 6, 2019 at 1:43 pm
This is perfect way to start weekend I will sure try these!!
September 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm
Please do Ruchie, am sure you’ll love the flavors.
September 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm
Wow what a great combo I never thought about. Will be trying this out this weekend!
September 6, 2019 at 8:19 pm
Thank you, hope you love it.
September 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm
This looks delicious! Very simple and easy to make too. Will try it out 🙂
September 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
Thank you so much Viktoria.
September 6, 2019 at 6:58 pm
I love beets! I haven’t tried them in a salad like this, but I bet it’s amazing.
September 6, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Thank you. Please try it am sure you’ll like it.
September 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm
Too but I’m allergic to beetroot but this beetroot orange salad looks so yummy! I hope I can at least prepare it for my family.
September 6, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Oh so sorry to hear that, you’re the first person I’ve come across who has beetroot allergy. Am sure your family will love this salad.
September 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm
Oh my goodness, this looks like such a delicious recipe! With so many autumn parties coming up in the near future, this would be a great thing to make when either hosting your own, or being invited to someone else’s!
September 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Thanks Emily and yes it would make a great party salad, refreshing and attractive too.
Eileen M Loya
September 7, 2019 at 12:30 am
This looks like a really interesting salad to try. I have honestly not used beet root in a salad before but I guess there is always a first time. I saved your recipe for later when I get some fresh beet roots.
September 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm
Thank you so much Eileen. I tend to use beetroot quite often for salads.
Sara | mshealthesteem.com
September 7, 2019 at 3:55 am
This salad sounds magical! Wow 😍. Absolutely can’t wait to dive in 😊
September 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm
Thank you so much Sara.
Angela Ricardo Bethea
September 7, 2019 at 7:55 am
I don’t think I’ve tried mixing in beetroot before. Looks like an interesting and tasty dish, would love to try this recipe someday.
September 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm
Thanks Angela, it tastes really good.
September 8, 2019 at 3:19 am
A very colorful looking salad. I would like to make this someday.
September 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm
Thank you Erin, hope you try it.
November 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Beetroot and orange salad looks so refreshing with array of flavours. Oranges are in season here and I am intrigued to try this irresistible salad soon. Bookmarking it .
November 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm
Thank you so much Preethi, please do try the salad. It is simply delish.
November 11, 2021 at 9:40 pm
I absolutely love the colours of this salad. As such I find beets pair well with oranges so this salad may be the best we have tried so far.
November 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm
Thank you so much Seema, glad you loved it. In fact salad is the most requested whenever I invite friends or family over for a meal.
November 14, 2021 at 3:52 am
Wow – this was your first recipe in the blog and it’s a keeper!! I can imagine that this must be a favourite of yours . This looks so healthy and love the addition of red onions. Love your photos.
November 18, 2021 at 8:54 pm
Thank you so much Mina, it definitely is a keeper and I make it often.
December 17, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Not only is this salad colourful and pleasing to the eye, it looks so very healthy with the goodness of beets and the vitamin c from the oranges. A super win in my books.
December 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm
Thank you so much Nayna.Enjoy when you make it for yourself.
December 17, 2021 at 4:56 pm
Nice and colourful salad with a flavourful dressing. I love salads with the combination of fruits and vegetables. Both the ingredients are our favourite .
December 18, 2021 at 4:39 pm
Thank you so much Shobha. As both ingredients are your favourite, try out the salad, you wouldn’t regret it.
February 4, 2022 at 9:32 am
Such a delicious and colorful salad. Love the use of both beetroot and oranges. I think this will be my lunch on Sunday.
February 5, 2022 at 10:23 pm
Thank you so much Archana. Enjoy the salad.
February 10, 2022 at 2:12 am
Refreshing salad..perfect for a warm day .. loved the colorful presentation. Total eye candy .
It is so nice to read about your blogging journey and how far you have come !! Your recipes are a keeper .
February 10, 2022 at 6:32 pm
Thank you so much Priya.