Beets Asparagus Orange Salad

Prep Time


Cook Time

  1  to 1 ½   



En Español

  • 3 large beets (about 1 ½ pound)
  • 5 large spears of asparagus, tough ends trimmed.
  • 4 oranges
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

1.  Wash the beets and trim off the tops, do not peel.  Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°
2. In a medium baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil place beets and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil salt and pepper to coat, then fold the sides of the aluminum foil together to seal. Place in the oven and roast for about 1 hour, if the beets are larger it could take another 30 minutes, or until tender. Unwrap the foil and let the beets cool until they can be handled.
3. Meanwhile wash and dry the oranges, slice off the skin of the orange with a citrus peeler channel knife in 4-6 section until the bottom skin is exposed, then cut the orange in ¼ inch slices.​​
4.  To make the dressing in a small bowl combine the orange and lemon juice, strain through a fine-mesh sieve.  pour the juice into a jar, add salt pepper, sugar, and shake well. Add the green onions, stir and let stand for 15 minutes then add the olive oil.
5.  Using a vegetable peeler, peel the asparagus into long strips and place in a bowl, toss with 1 tablespoon of the dressing to coat.
6.  Slip off the skin of the beets and cut the beets into 1/2 inch slices.  To serve, in a salad plate place 4 slices of oranges, then over the oranges place 3 to 4 slices of beets, then drizzle with a little dressing, then mound the asparagus on top of the beets, drizzle again with a little more of the dressing.

Cook's Notes

The beets can be cook and cut 2 days ahead, cover and refrigerate and when you are ready to make the salad bring the beets to room temperature before proceed with the recipe. This recipe also goes well with spinach; you can put the spinach under the orange slices.