This Roasted Beet Salad with Avocado and Citrus is the perfect winter side dish! With sweet oven baked beets, sliced orange, grapefruit, fresh mint and a tangy citrus vinaigrette. Delicious, super healthy and easily made vegan!
How to Make Roasted Beet Salad with Avocado and Citrus
Start by roasting the beets. To make things easy, I place all of my scrubbed and trimmed beets in a large baking dish and fill it with about an inch of water. I cover the top with a lid (you could also use foil) and roast them for about 1 hour or until easily pierced with a sharp knife. This may take more or less time depending on the size of your beets—mine were pretty large. The best part about this method is once they cool off, you can run them under some cold water and easily slide the skin off with your hands. No peeler required!
While the beets are roasting, make the vinaigrette. This is super simple, just some olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey and bit of freshly squeezed orange juice and grated zest. A minced shallot also adds flavor and texture. I like to place all my dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Set that aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
When the beets have cooled and you’re ready to assemble the salad, slice a couple oranges into rounds and use a sharp knife to remove the skin. This is a little time consuming, but it’s quite beautiful! You could also peel the citrus fruits first and then slice, but I find this method to be a bit messy. Lastly, slice the beets and cut open a ripe avocado.
Tips for Serving
When you’re ready to serve the roasted beet salad, place the beets and citrus in a circular pattern so they overlap slightly. Add the avocado and drizzle the vinaigrette over top. You may not need it all. For garnish, add a few torn mint leaves and a hand full of crumbled feta. A pinch of flaky salt is also delicious!
I completely forgot to add his when I was taking the final photographs, but some toasted pumpkin seeds or nuts is perfect for adding some extra crunch!
If you plan on having leftovers, I recommend keeping the avocado separate so it doesn’t turn brown when stored. The beets and citrus actually taste better once they’ve marinated in the dressing for a while, so this salad is great for meal prep!
More Salad Recipes to Try:
- Tahini honey crisp apple salad
- Farro and melon salad with prosciutto
- Superfood citrus salad
- Fig and farro grain bowls
- Spiced lentil salad lettuce wraps