Heartbeet and Blood Orange Salad

Hello!! I have a really simple, Valentine’s Day-themed salad to share with you today. I know V Day is all about chocolate, which of course I love (and plan to eat plently of), but I wanted to give you a healthier way to surprise and impress your sweetie. You can have this for dinner, then eat all the chocolate you want! Mostly, I wanted to share my heart-shaped beet idea because I think it is adorable. I just roasted two beets in the oven, then cut them into hearts once they cooled. This would be SO much easier if I had a heart shaped cookie cutter, and I searched all over town for one but couldn’t find any so I had to use my pairing knife.

We have delicous, juicy blood oranges at the farm stand right now. These are the darkest blood oranges I have seen, and also the tastiest. You could substitue whatever citrus you have if you can’t find blood oranges. They just go along with the red V Day theme of this salad. I used some of the juice for the salad dressing, too.

I hope you all have wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with your sweetie, whether you go out to a fancy dinner or make something special at home. Have fun!IMG_3344



Heartbeet and Blood Orange Salad
  1. 2 small or 1 large beet
  2. 2 blood oranges
  3. 3-4 handfulls spinach
  4. 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  5. 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  6. 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  7. 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  8. 1.5 tsp. maple syrup
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. goat cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub beets and wrap individually in tin foil. Roast for about an hour, or until tender when pierced with a knife. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut all peel and white pith from the oranges; discard. Cut between membranes of oranges to release the segments. Squeeze juice from membranes into a small bowl. Add the red wine vinegar and maple syrup, then slowly whisk in the olive oil and mix until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Peel cooled beets and slice crosswise into thin rounds. If you have a cookie cutter, use that to create the heart shapes. If not, carefully cut into hearts using a pairing knife. Plate the spinach, then add beets, orange segments, toasted walnuts, and shallots. Drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with goat cheese if using. Enjoy with your sweetie!
Sweet Serenity


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