Sunshine Salad with Almonds, Oranges, and Golden Beets

I was watching a TV show the other day and they created a salad using grapefruits and this is where this recipe was born. Except I wanted to use oranges because I love oranges! The oven roasted almonds paired well with the sweet oranges and the mustard dressing was perfect. I added the roasted golden beets because they match and I had them in the fridge, I'm not kidding:) That's why I named it the Sunshine Salad. It's so bright and cheery!

This is a great main dish salad. It's definitely hearty enough. If you would rather have it as a side salad you could make it lighter by removing the beets.

As far as greens, I always mix a bunch together. This one has green leaf lettuce, spinach, and arugula. You guessed it, that's what was in my fridge. Use what you like. I think Romaine would work very well also.

Serving Size 2

Prep Time 1hr. with beets. 15 minutes without the beets. You could always make beets ahead of time.

What You Will Need

- A couple of handfuls of greens

- 1 Orange

- 1/4 - 1/2 Cup of roasted almonds

- 3 Golden beets, cubed.

- 1 Tbsp of Extra virgin olive oil

- 1/2 Tsp salt 

- 1/4 Tsp cayenne pepper

For The Dressing

- 1 Tbsp of reserved orange juice

- 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

- 1 Tbsp Spicy brown mustard

- 1Tsp Pure Maple Syrup (optional)

Preparing Beets

- Preheat over to 400 degrees

- Cut beets into 1/2 inch cubes

- Coat with EVOO, salt, and cayenne pepper ( You can remove oil if you're trying to omit oil from your diet)

- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes

- Set aside and let cool.

Preparing The Orange

- Cut both ends off the orange like in the picture.

- Cut down the sides to remove the rest of the peel. Be sure to remove all of the white membrane.

- Cut the slices out in between the white membrane

- After you're finished, squeeze the orange juice out of what is left and set aside for the dressing. This should be about 1 Tbsp. of juice.

Preparing Dressing

- Place all ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk together until combined.

- Set aside

 

Let's Put It All Together!

- Place greens on two medium plates

- Equally distribute the oranges, almonds, and beets to bother plates. 

- Add dressing when you are ready to serve

- Eat it up!!

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Xo, T

 

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