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.
- 2 small or 1 large beet
- 2 blood oranges
- 3-4 handfulls spinach
- 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 6 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1.5 tsp. maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste
- goat cheese (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!