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Beet and Orange Salad

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  • Serves: 8
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  • 4 pounds trimmed beets (without tops), unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 12 oranges, rind and pith cut free with a serrated knife and sections cut away from the membranes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish


In a pot, combine the beets with the red wine vinegar and enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the beets and let them cool. (The beets may be cooked 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.) Peel the beets and cut them into 1-inch wedges.

In a small saucepan, combine zest, orange juice, sugar, and vinegar and boil the mixture until it is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Let the mixture cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the orange mixture, oil, and salt and pepper to form a smooth dressing. Add the beet slices, orange segments, and onion and mix until well combined. Let stand at room temperature, or refrigerate for up to 6 hours, to let the flavors come together. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the parsley.


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