This beet orange salad recipe is my yet another tryst with the tropical flavor of coconut. If you liked my guava salad with coconut and palm sugar, you’ll like this beet orange salad too. The latest addition to the list of superfoods, coconut is something that’s absolutely delicious, healthy and flavorful in all its forms – coconut meat, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water, coconut oil. With veganism on the rise and coconut milk and cream increasingly taking the place of cow’s milk and cream, coconut is gaining its well-deserved popularity these days.
There’s still a lot of debate going on about the health benefits of coconut due to its high content of saturated fats. While research is going on, let’s not miss out on the awesome flavor of the coconut. Moderation is key when it comes to savoring coconut!
This beet orange salad recipe also adds on the exquisite mint flavor that complements the earthiness of the beetroot and the sweetness of the orange.
Recipe for beet orange salad
- Beetroot – 500 grams
- oranges – 2 medium, peeled, segmented and halved
- mint leaves (loosely packed) – 1/2 cup, roughly chopped
- sunflower seeds – 2 tablespoons, toasted
- grated coconut – 2 tablespoons
For the dressing
- orange juice – 1/4 cup
- lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- extra-virgin coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
- pink salt and pepper to taste
- Quarter the beets and boil in water for 30 to 40 minutes until tender.
- Alternately, the beet quarters can be pressure cooked for 8 to 10 minutes. That needs lesser water, is a healthier way of cooking and saves time.
- Peel and dice the beetroot into chunks.
- Mix in all the ingredients.
- Whisk the ingredients for the dressing and add to the salad.
- Serve the beet orange salad at room temperature or chilled, whichever way you prefer.
Tips on how to make the beet orange salad look and taste awesome
Beets have this habit of turning everything that comes in contact into its characteristic crimson red color, so reserve some of the orange segments, sunflower seeds and coconut to sprinkle on the salad bowls just before serving.
Why I love the beet orange salad
- The vibrant colors of the beet orange salad are immensely appetizing and the orange juice gives a unique sweetness that kids love.
- The fiber, good fats, vitamins B, C and E, protein, iron and antioxidants make the beet orange salad a very nutritious and a low Glycemic Index recipe.
- The water from boiling the beets can be reserved and used to add color and flavor to soups and curries.
Please let me know in the comments section if you liked this salad, and share if you loved it.