Beetroot Broccoli Salad With Blood Orange Segments
Try beetroot and broccoli salad with segments of blood orange ASAP! The crunchiness of the vegetables pairs so well with the squishiness and sweetness of the fruit. It’s the healthiest fast food you can possibly make!
Beets and broccoli are the perfect marriage! I have always liked beets for salad. Having that earthy flavor makes it very easy to combine, especially for citrus fruit. This is the easiest of the beet salad recipes.
I love to experiment with salads. Looking for some inspo?
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Reasons To Try Beetroot Broccoli Salad
- Uses seasonal vegetables – Broccoli and beets are in season and there is no reason not to celebrate them!
- Vegan – This is a vegan beet and broccoli salad. However, according to your preference, you can turn it into a vegetarian salad by adding several proteins.
- Dairy Free – I was recently informed that cheese is an addiction. LOL. For anybody who, like me, is struggling to leave cheese out of the diet, this salad with be as whole as if there were cheese in it.
- Nut-free – allergy friendly. That does not mean the salad does not taste any better with nuts, because it absolutely does! Toast, crash and spread them with your fingertips over the salad.
- A great quick lunch option – Add some quinoa, an egg, and voila! You have your (takeaway) lunch ready.
- As always, quick and easy to make – While it takes around half an hour for the ingredients to cook, the active minutes are only a few. And it’s great for large gatherings too, because the salad tastes just as good when it is cold.
Ingredients For Beetroot Broccoli Salad
- Beets – 1 medium beet is enough for this salad. However, feel free to use more than one according to your preference.
- Broccoli – I used 1 head of broccoli, only the florets. Use the stem and leaves for soup or bouillon.
- Blood Orange – Don’t skip this ingredient for this recipe, because first it adds the most colors and second it makes an incredible vinaigrette. Cut the orange into segments to make it look like in the picture. Don’t know how the heck to cut it? I learned how to do it when I worked in a restaurant, but these instructions explain it very well too.
Beets and Broccoli Salad Step-By-Step
- Start with the beets. Remove top and bottom, wash, salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Wrap with aluminum foil. Let it roast for 15 minutes at 390F/ 200C.
- Cut broccoli into florets. Add water to the bottom of the pan. Let it boil, add salt, and throw in the broccoli for 7 – 8 minutes. Alternatively, roast broccoli in a separate baking tray for 20 minutes until fork tender.
- In a bowl cut very finely spring onions, scallions, or chives. Add salt and pepper and let it rest. Squeeze in half a blood orange. Taste. If you prefer it sweeter (or you’re cooking for friends) squeeze in more juice. Mix until combined into a thicker texture.
- Add the beets and the finely chopped parsley. Then, add the broccoli. You will want to mix gently.
- Once combined, transfer the salad into a shallow bowl. Add the segmented orange on top. Not only does it look very decorative, but it also gives the salad freshness and flavor.
What More Can You Add To Beets And Broccoli Salad?
- You can’t eat anything without cheese? Say no more. Add some nice soft cubes of feta cheese and please don’t comment to tell me how delicious it was. LOL
- Want to make it a takeaway lunch? Boil an egg. Toast some nuts/seeds and crush them on top. Beets and broccoli salad + a bowl of soup = “What-more-do-you-want?!”-lunch.
- Say yes to sourdough! There is very much room to accompany this beautiful salad with a slice of sourdough.
- Other grains? Use quinoa or rice.
How To Store This Beet Salad?
If you are planning ahead for the week, it is safe to use the salad for up to 2 days.
How To Serve This Broccoli and Beets Salad?
Best practice says this salad is best served warm. However, from my experience, it is still divine (and certainly healthy) when you eat it cold. So, both hot and cold are perfectly fine to eat.
FAQ About the Beetroot Broccoli Salad Recipe
What Mixes Well With Beets?
As beets have an earthy flavor, they are pretty easy to mix with fruit and vinegar.
How Do You Know When Beets Are Cooked?
You know the beets are cooked when you poke the fork in there and it’s tender. Also, when the beet is fully cooked the edges start to get slightly brown.
Do You Have To Peel The Beets Before Roasting?
No, you don’t have to peel the beets before roasting. All you need to do is wash and make sure to remove any dirt with a brush. The skin is edible.Print