Beet & Blood Orange Salad

To celebrate the upcoming baseball season, and Tuck’s departure to Florida for Spring Training, Tuck and Tate’s parents went to a going away dinner at Jovanina’s Broken Italian in downtown Denver. In true Tuck & Tate fashion, we consumed almost everything on the menu and cannot rave about our dinner enough. From bone marrow to parmesan souffle, wood fired pizzas to fresh burrata and charcuterie…. we ate it all. Of everything we consumed, one of the dishes that stuck out the most was the beet salad. Roasted beets, blood oranges, and a layer of creamy ricotta… it was perfect. So perfect that we had to recreate it as soon as possible.  

A quick note about the length of time designated for this recipe. The amount of time necessary to make it relies entirely on how you plan to cook the beets. We have roasted them in the oven, which is easy but can take quite a long time. If you have an Instant Pot or any sort of pressure cooker, you can reduce 15+ minutes from our suggested time. If you want to skip cooking the beets all together and just buy pre-cooked beets from the salad section of your grocery store, reduce the total time down to 20 minutes. If you do buy precooked beets, try to avoid anything packed with other flavors. This salad has a delicate flavor profile and you won’t want the beets to overrun or clash with the other ingredients. 

Beet & Blood Orange Salad 
Makes: 4 servings 
Prep Time: 30 min     Total Time: 1 hour 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large beets (we chose one yellow and one red for color variation) 
  • 1 blood orange 
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese 
  • 2 tbs honey or agave 
  • 1/3 cup roasted and salted pistachios 
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbs olive oil 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Prepare the beets by trimming off the stems and leaves and peeling them with a vegetable peeler. If you have kitchen gloves use them to avoid staining your hands. Once the beets are trimmed and peeled, cut them into large, bite sized pieces. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Lay the beets in a single layer on the foil, drizzle them with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes, or until they are tender with a fork. 
  3. While the beets are cooking, prepare the ricotta. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, honey, and the zest from the blood orange. Whisk really well, until the ricotta is light and fluffy in texture. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside. 
  4. Remove the peel from the blood orange using a knife to remove the peel and pith from the orange. For an instructional video, click here. Cut the orange horizontally and set aside. 
  5. Make a quick dressing by combining the olive oil and the juice of a few of the blood orange slices. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  6. Assemble the salad by layering the ricotta on the bottom of the plate, followed by the beets and blood oranges. Top with the pistachios and drizzle the dressing over top. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Serve immediately. 

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