Roasted Orange and Beet Salad |

Roasted Orange and Beet Salad

I told myself I wasn’t going to come here today and talk about the weather. But here I am. Talking about the weather. Sorry. It’s just been so all consuming. I feel like I have nothing else exciting to report. Snow, snow and more snow. This is my life.

And as if all this snow wasn’t already bad enough, they actually closed the road to the island during the last storm due to low visibility. So no one was allowed to drive on or off the island. I hit a new level of stir crazy that day.

So thank goodness for citrus. It’s like a ray of sunshine in all this winter madness. And I’m putting it in everything and anything. From baked goods to pizza to cocktails. Everything is made better with a little citrus.

Roasted Orange and Beet Salad |

Today we’re getting our daily dose of citrus in this Roasted Orange and Beet Salad. Which has ALL my current obsessions: oranges, beets, kale, goat cheese, avocado and farro. It’s a lot of goodness all in one place. And definitely hearty and filling enough to be enjoyed as a main meal.

I kind of want to eat this salad everyday for the rest of my life. And if it keeps on snowing and they keep closing the road to the island, I just might have to do that.

The oranges are sliced very thin and roasted until they just start to blacken in a few places. The peel becomes soft and loses some of it’s bitterness during roasting, so you can eat the whole darn slice. Pretty delicious if you ask me! And kudos to us for using the WHOLE fruit. Waste not, want not. Right?



Roasted Orange and Beet Salad

Serves 4-6

Roasted Orange and Beet Salad


  • For the Salad
  • 1 cup pearled farro
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large orange
  • 3 medium beets, trimmed and peeled
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 medium bunch of kale
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

  • For the Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


  1. Cook the farro. In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring the farro and the water to a boil. Then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, covered, about 25-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Once cooked, remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Note: if you have whole farro instead of pearled farro, this will require an overnight soak and a longer cooking time. Follow the package instructions.
  2. While the farro is cooking, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Trim and discard the ends from the orange. Then slice the orange into 1/4-inch thick slices, discarding any seeds that you find. Slice the beets into 1/4-inch thick rounds as well.
  3. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the orange slices and beet slices out on the parchment-paper lined baking sheets, keeping them separate. Drizzle a little olive oil over the orange and beet slices, then sprinkle the tops with a pinch of salt. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for about 15-20 minutes. The orange slices are done when they have started to blacken in some places. The beet slices should be softened slightly. Remove from your oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Trim and discard the thick stems from the kale. Then thinly slice the leaves into ribbons. Add the kale ribbons to a large bowl along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Use your hands to massage the olive oil into the kale until the leaves are well coated and shiny. Add the cooked farro, avocado, goat cheese and the roasted orange and beet slices to the bowl.
  5. Make the salad dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients. Then add the dressing to the bowl, tossing gently to coat. Serve and enjoy.
  6. This salad will keep for up to one day in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

57 comments on “Roasted Orange and Beet Salad”

  1. Ugh I’m so sick of this winter! Today we have a high of 8 and tomorrow a high of 2! This salad definitely reminds me of warmer weather and great flavors. I loved the cara cara oranges in here! So beautiful, Liz!

  2. I’m so not a fan of the cold weather we’re having here, but I can’t imagine having to deal with that! This salad looks like a perfect way to forget about the cold though. Beautiful combination!

  3. I’m sorry you are dealing with so much snow! I’ll try to send some sunny warm weather your way. At least you can add some fresh beautiful citrus to brighten up your day. This salad looks amazing!

  4. All my faves in one place, too! And I don’t blame you, sistah. My family has been keeping me updated, and it sounds nearly unbelievable. Thinking of you!

  5. I’ll keep my fingers crossed the weather gods send your snow our way and give you all a little break. Relentless snow definitely is irritating and I’ll keep my fingers crossed the sun will come out for ya soon! This citrus salad looks so healthful and vibrant! Definitely a cheery and delicious meal to brighten a dreary day!

  6. This has got to be one of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen! I just love those oranges and beets!

  7. We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow as well. This salad is so bright and cheerful. It has already made my day brighter!

  8. I totally have my fingers crossed that the weather will be more pleasant up there soon!! Thank goodness for bright citrus fruits and vegetables!

  9. Noooo more snow! I’m hoping for a warm up here too (I would welcome 30s, gah!). The only thing I love about winter is the gorgeous citrus, which you made even prettier in this salad!

  10. Oh Liz! The snow, never ending…. I bet you can hardly believe your eyes waking up day after day to all of it. Looks like you’re faring well in the kitchen, however. Love this salad and yessss, Cara Cara are so delightful, one of my favorite varieties of citrus! I’ve not ever roasted oranges, so I am looking forward to trying it. Thank you for your inspiration and beautiful photographs! Crossing fingers for the snow to go away!

  11. I love the orange and beet combo! I’ve been living on beets lately (mostly in salads) and love everything about this salad! And yes you can talk about the damn weather! Because I’m so over it too … Stay warm chika.

    • Glad you don’t mind if I go on and on about the weather. I seriously am barely able to leave my house so I don’t have much else exciting to talk about!

  12. I definitely feel like citrus is a ray of sunshine during these cold months, too! This salad looks amazing!

  13. I love that you used goat cheese here! Such great flavors, pinning 🙂

  14. I can certainly relate to your snow issues, although lately, I think you’ve been getting the stuff that usually falls here – you know, blew down from Canada and all that. Sorry 🙂 This salad must certainly brighten your day though. It did mine. So beautiful!!

  15. Such a pretty salad! Sorry about the winter weather. Spring is just around the corner 🙂

  16. It’s OK, all we have to talk about is this stupid weather because that is what we are dealing with. Can it be spring already? Love how bright this salad is!! Bringing some much needed sunlight 🙂

  17. This winter has been BRUTAL and all I’m craving right now are all things fresh and green! Enter, this gorgeous salad. I am obsessing over all the flavor and color you packed into one bowl! I need this today. 🙂

  18. You may have a ton of snow, but this salad is all summer, baby! I absolutely love how fresh and REfreshing this looks! I could totally go for this right now, and it’s only breakfast!

  19. Snow. See yourself out. And don’t let the door hit ya on the way out! I am so over it too. But this salad can bring up any mood! Gorgeous!

  20. Liz, I am SO over winter and we are not even getting it half has crazy as you guys (seriously, your Instagram pics of all the snow are insane!!). But yes, all this cold calls for more citrus. This salad looks DIVINE.

  21. Liz!!! yes, thank GOD for citrus!! Citrus and chocolate may be the only things (well, and soup) getting me through this winter. . this salad is gorgeous . . and LOVE the beets!

  22. This roasted orange salad looks fantastic! Love the flavors and pictures look beautiful! Pinned!

  23. I’m so with you – I feel like all I talk about is the weather, too! A falling icicle broke our window this past weekend. Good grief. Spring will be here eventually. This salad looks like such a bright, mood lifter…exactly what I need to cure the “winter blahs!”

  24. My stomach is grumbling! This is like the perfect winter salad. Beets are my FAVORITE winter vegetable, and with orange, avocado, and goat cheese?? So much yes.

  25. What a winter! Hang in there…

    This salad looks absolutely incredible – so many of my favorite flavors in one bowl.

  26. This is seriously the most gorgeous salad EVER. And the flavors sound amazing. I love that you can eat the orange peels!

  27. This salad is so pretty, Liz, and I love these flavors together! Pinned. 🙂

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