Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad

 Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

You may have noticed that I don’t do a lot of sponsored posts on this blog. Food bloggers get tons of offers every week from here, there and everywhere, requesting a bit of publicity on their site. It’s not so much that I mind (occasionally) promoting products, but more that I want The Café to remain a recipe blog; a place you can come to for inspiration, fresh ideas, cooking tips and ways to make your life in the kitchen more fun and interesting. However, every now and then I get an email that I just can’t resist This one came a few weeks ago, as I was perusing my mail one morning. It sounded like the usual offer: promote our product, __________( fill in the blank) and we’ll give you some of this product and also a giveaway of this product for your readers. Honestly, I’m usually not interested, but there were two words that stood out to me like a sudden flash of lightening on a inky, black night; WORLD VISION.

You may not be familiar with World Vision, but I hope that changes today, as it’s a totally awesome organization. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works in 100 countries across the world. They work primarily with children, but also with their families and communities to help alleviate poverty and injustice and to develop long term solutions to these problems.

World Vision is especially close to my heart because Scott and I have sponsored a child in South America for the past 15 years through this organization. We started when Maria was quite young and have been able to watch her grow up, through pictures and written communication. We’ve felt so encouraged that the small amount of money we’ve given each month has not only helped feed Maria, but it’s also been instrumental in her education.

You can read more about the World Vision organization on their website, but I wanted to share one very innovative program they have to help kids and families both near and far. They have a gift catalogue that comes out each year before the holidays. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ handcrafted gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need. It’s a wonderful idea for those tough-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list.

I was allowed to choose an item from their catalogue for myself and as a give-away to one Café reader. It was a hard choice since they have so many lovely handmade items from all over the world. I finally settled on the beautiful hand-carved salad spoon set that you see in some of the photos below. I thought it was an appropriate choice, since salads are one of our specialties here at The Café. The spoons are made of olive wood and delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Each one is unique—just like the children they help.

I was thrilled when the box arrived from World Vision. I couldn’t wait to see the spoons in person and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

As you can see, they’re totally unique and make for a gorgeous presentation. I wish they could talk and tell the story of the person who spent the time whittling the beautiful twisted handles and smoothing the serving surfaces.

Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

Once I saw the pretty spoons, my imagination went into high gear inventing a new salad that would be worthy of these lovely serving utensils.

Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

I’m crazy about all the beautiful citrus that’s hitting the markets right now, and decided I would use some of it as my base for both the salad and the dressing.

Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

Some golden beets were calling my name at the market as well as the pomegranates all piled up pretty and on super sale.

 Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad - a visual stunner at the table! Full of a wonderful combination of super healthy components.

The dressing is simply concentrated citrus juice, honey, garlic, ginger, coriander and oil. Just throw them together in a jar and give a good shake, shake, shake and that’s it!

Please take the time to browse through the World Vision Gift Catalogue and consider giving a unique, life-changing gift that gives back all year long (there are all kinds of other cool things in the catalogue too ………. like real live goats, ducks and chickens!). You could also give an amazing gift to yourself by sponsoring a child in need who will be fed, clothed, kept warm and educated through a small monthly donation.

Oh and be sure to enter the give-away (scroll down) for the beautiful hand-carved serving utensils, you never know, I might just be inspired to invent another salad in honor of YOUR spoons.

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Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad

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Ingredients

  • For the Citrus Vinaigrette:
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey, if oranges are very sweet, use a bit less honey (early season oranges are usually not as sweet)
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely minced*
  • 1 teaspoon crushed or ground coriander seed (has a delicious “citrusy” flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, a generous grind
  • For the salad:
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 2 medium navel oranges, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 2 medium beets, roasted** and sliced into wedges
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils or seeds***
  • ¼ cup roasted, salted pistachios (Trader Joe’s carries these. You can also roast your own, tossed with a teaspoon of olive oil and a ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt or kosher salt, in a 350˚F oven for 5-7 minutes.

Instructions

  1. For the citrus vinaigrette, combine orange, lemon and lime juice along with honey in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a steady simmer. Cook until mixture has been reduced to 1/2 cup. Swirl pan occasionally while reducing.
  2. Cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a medium size glass jar. Add remaining vinaigrette ingredients and shake well.
  3. For the salad, place 2 tablespoons of the dressing in a large bowl. Add the arugula and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving platter, if desired.
  4. Arrange the oranges and beets attractively on top of the arugula. Scatter with the pomegranate arils and pistachios. Pass extra dressing at the table. Serves 6-8 as a side salad

Notes

*I like to use my garlic press with ginger. For this recipe, use a 3/4-inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger. Be sure to catch the flavorful juice along with the pressed ginger.
**To roast beets, preheat oven to 400˚F. Wash beets and dry with a paper towel. Rub beets with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil per beet. Place beets on a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap foil tightly around beets. Roast in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until beets are tender when pierced with a small sharp knife. Remove from oven and cool. When cool, rub beets with a paper towel. The skin should easily slip off.
Use any color beets for this recipe. I used a golden variety I found at Whole Foods but red would be really pretty too.
Some grocery stores now carry beets already roasted and ready to use. I’ve seen these at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and a few other local markets. They keep, unopened for a long time in the refrigerator as they are usually vacuum packed.
*** ~ See this post to learn how to remove the pomegranate seeds with no fuss, no mess, no water, in less than a minute, it’s awesome!



39 thoughts on “Orange, Pomegranate and Roasted Beet Salad”

  • Dear Chris, Worl Vision is certainly a very worthy cause and the wooden serving pieces that you chose from the wonderful catalogue are truly beautiful. They look so pretty next to the platter with that marvelous Orange Pomegranate Roasted Beet Salad! Love the ingedients, the vinaigrette and the presentation – what a great post!

  • That salad is beautiful! December is actually a month where I take it kind of easy – everyone else is running to their favourite charities, eager to give time and money, but come January/February, it slows to a trickle again. I make sure to have enough time in the “off” months to give back, and spend December encouraging my friends to get involved. =)

  • World Vision seems to be a really good outfit – definitely worth supporting. And this salad is so worth eating! I love roasted beets, and this salad is so seasonally perfect. Good stuff – thanks.

  • My mother in law is coming to our home today and I think she would love this salad, thik I’m gonna try it!!! Pomegrenate are so delicious at this time of year!

  • You create the most beautiful salads and they often become favorites at our house.

    I love World Vision. My dad worked for them when we lived overseas. They are a good and reputable organization.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

  • I give with food! What a worthy cause. I don’t know where to start—giving you kudos for bringing this to everyone’s attention, admiring those beautiful utensils, or loving this salad! Great post.

  • I’m very connected with my local Boys & Girls club and have volunteered many hours there.
    Can’t wait to make your beautiful salad–pinned!
    cteeobrien{at}cox[dot]net.

  • I am looking forward to trying this salad. We have a “Trader Joe’s” and a newly opened “Whole Foods” in our area. You always have such wonderful recipes. The spoons you have pictured are beautiful and show such lovely craftmanship. Since I am on a very limited budget, I give of my time and talent during this time of year by singing Christmas and holiday music and by baking for the pleasure of others.

    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra, thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the salad. I love your way of giving, it’s the best thing we can do -give from the “heart” -in the big scheme, that’s all that really matters.

  • Oops, beautiful salad by the way!! And I’m envious that you can find golden beets. I have yet to come across those buggers, or their cousins the rainbow beet! 🙁 As much as I love red beets, it would be fun to play with the others.

  • I have issues donating to a lot of charities – the distribution of funds is not always what you would expect. I prefer direct donations, so I seek out ways to adopt children or a family for the holidays. That way, you get a list of their wants/needs, along with sizes, etc. and they receive the gifts directly. I think one of the saddest lists I ever received was from a little girl asking for coloring books and a jump rope. Imagine things being so bad that her family couldn’t even provide those small items. 🙁

    • I totally understand where you’re coming from Chris. That’s one thing I love about World Vision. They are very financially accountable to their donors and only a very small part of every donation is used for administrative purposes. They seem to be very wise stewards of each dollar that is donated. You can read all about their financial stewardship here: http://www.worldvision.org/about-us/financial-accountability The other thing I love about World Vision is that not only are children, all over the world, helped with food, clothing, shelter, etc. but they are also given the opportunity to hear the Gospel, which has the power to change lives eternally. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. ~ Chris

  • you always make the best looking salad..they are always so pretty to look at and taste wonderful for sure! that’s a very unique spoon i must say..going to check out the catalog now!

  • i feel so warm in my heart when i think of all those craftspeople working so hard with their hearts and hands to craft something, like your spoons….or any of all the other things that they make. world vision is awesome in gathering them all together and giving them the world to see their beautiful work. thank you for the reminder. the salad is so beautiful and with all those ingredients in there, it would be so fresh and delicious. thank you for the tute on the pomegranates. i’ll never by the more expensive seeds again.

  • I have heard of World Vision, but I didn’t know much about their mission until your post. Thanks for sharing the link.

    Your salad made my mouth water as I was reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I have heard of World Vision, but didn’t really know much about their mission until your post. Thanks for sharing the link.

    This salad made my mouth water as I was reading.

  • World Vision is huge down under too. Good for you for giving Maria a helping hand for 15 years. What a difference you’ve made in her life.

    We help out with a local program that helps fight hunger with the elderly. There’s never enough money in the pension and they often cut back on food to pay for other necessities like electricity.

    Your salad looks wonderful. We don’t often get anything but red beets here but sometimes we can find others at the markets.

  • Bravo! I’m a huge fan of World Vision as well though we haven’t sponsored a child through them. I also like your salad very, very much. The freshness of the citrus vinaigrette is right up my alley.

  • What a beautiful salad with several of my favorite ingredients! I see why it was hard for you to resist. The products are unique, and such a wonderful cause – similar to what I receive here, called Heifer International. Happy Holidays, Chris!

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