Orange and Beet Salad

Here’s an orange and beet salad to brighten up a winter day. The peppery arugula complements the sweetness of the beets and oranges.

Orange and Beet Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.


  • 1 bunch of beets, leaves removed (save them for beet greens!) - about 4 or 5 medium sized
  • 2 large navel oranges, peels cut off with a small small knife and sliced
  • 1 bunch of arugula leaves, cleaned, and any thick stems removed
  • Several thin slices of red onion
  • optional 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


In a small jar, mix the following ingredients. The mustard is there to act primarily as an emulsifier.

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1 Cook the beets with their peel on. I prefer the boiling method because it's more efficient - cover the beets with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes or until beets can easily be pierced through with a fork. Alternatively you can wrap the beets in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven at 400°F for an hour or until done. After cooking, allow the beets to come to room temperature and remove their peels. Slice or quarter them. If you have time, place them in a small bowl and marinate them in half of the oil and vinegar dressing, ingredients listed above.

2 Compose individual salad plates with arugula, a few slices of orange, a few beets, a few slices of red onion and a few chopped walnuts. If you want some added color, gently add a few slices of the orange to the beet juice from your bowl of beets. Let the oranges absorb the beet color and use in your salad. Sprinkle dressing over the individual salads.

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How to Section an Orange - useful tip with photos from Helen at Beyond Salmon.


  1. The Chef

    Always a great combination. Try using heirloom beets, they add even more color and interest. Also try segmenting the oranges, I prefer them that way.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Lauren

    Sounds really tasty! Now if only I could get the husband to try beets…

  3. Karina

    What eye-popping color! Beautiful. I’ve never been a beet fan, but your photograph makes me think twice.


  4. Ken Sloan

    I can’t imagine anyone being unwilling to try beets. I was fed pickled beets constantly as a kid and I loved them! Maybe your husband had an unfortuante borscht experience as a child?

  5. Georgia

    I made a similar salad recently from the Tra Vigne cookbook, but it didn’t turn out (or look) nearly as good as yours does. And, unfortunately, it didn’t convince my husband to embrace beets either.

  6. Ana

    I think that the flavors of beets and oranges go really well together! I love your salad!
    Plus, I love buying beets and having sauteed beet greens! They are delicious!

  7. Papilles & Pupilles
  8. Cindy

    I love beets and oranges. I’ve been making something similar but with those canned mandarin oranges — makes a great lunch.

  9. Will Capellaro

    Tasty! I used thinly sliced raw beets, I can’t imagine why you’d ever need to cook them.

  10. Tina

    I think beets and red delicious apples is the perfect combination.

  11. Beau Smith

    Yum! Made this salad tonight… it was so good. Highly recommended.

    Awesome Beau! So glad you liked it. ~Elise

  12. gil

    Can you freeze cooked beets?

    I don’t know. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

  13. Rose

    You can freeze beets Mom did when we were kids No idea how she did it
    All I remember is this part of storing for winter occurred after school started in the fall
    now peas they were earlier in the season did we ever shell, blanch, bag, and take to the freezer peas; and the….. and the………….

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