Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Avocado, Citrus, and Roasted Beet Salad

Ouch, it has been too long since I last posted! I didn't mean to neglect my blog, I just felt like I was lacking cooking inspiration. Sometimes I dream about what it would be like to be able to stay home every day and just cook and take pictures...sadly real life doesn't quite allow for that at this point! 

When you're busy (or at least when I'm busy) it's easy to loose the motivation to cook new, exciting recipes and experiment in the kitchen. So for this post, I'm putting out a request to anyone reading: share some inspiration with me and with each other! Leave a comment with a link to a recipe you love or ingredients you're interested in, and I'll incorporate your suggestions into upcoming posts!

We had this salad for dinner a while ago, after a weekend of almost non-stop eating. I wanted something healthy and light, but substantial enough to feel like a meal. It was refreshing and delicious, and while I loved the roasted beets, I might try keeping them raw next time and either thinly slicing them or grating them for some crunch.

Avocado, Citrus, and Roasted Beet Salad (serves 2)
2 large or 4 medium-small Chioggia beets (or any type of beet)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 oranges, peeled and segmented (I used one blood orange and one tangelo)
1 avocado

For the dressing:
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Slice the beets into 1/4 inch thick segments and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, until they're slightly soft.

Aren't they so beautiful with those stripes?!

Once the beets are done, set them aside to cool. Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining lime juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

When the beets are just slightly warm, toss all ingredients together with the dressing. Top with a little lime zest like I did, or an herb like mint or basil would be equally delicious!

A few weeks ago, we took Poppy to the vet for a check-up. Our poor cat was told that she needs to lose a few pounds, so she's been on a diet. To make matters worse, she had to get three shots and was a little miserable afterward. Here she is, looking forlorn and sore. Have you ever seen such a sad face?!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely stunning photos. Gotta try the recipe since I'm a beet-lover.