Beetroot Salad with Orange Juice Dressing

I was never fond of beets as a child. I used every excuse in the book to avoid the beetroot and lentil dal that mom made. I did not like the taste or the red colored lentils mixed with rice. Looking back, I find it very funny. Especially because I realize now, how healthy beets are for you. They are rich in iron and essential minerals and a good source of healthy sugars. I can say that I love beets now. I try to incorporate them in every way possible in our diet. One of my favorite salad recipes these days is the one I present to you today. I made this salad three times this week, the last being for a weekend get together at our friend’s place. I thought it would make a healthy appetizer. The husband is usually not a big fan of veggies or salads but he loved this one. I know that he loved it because he went for seconds, once he was done with his first serving. One more reason, to love beets ๐Ÿ™‚

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

It is Holi today. The festival of color – one of the most well known festivals of India. It represents the beginning of spring and also a celebration of love and color. This colorful and vibrant recipe is perfect for this perfect time of the year.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Beetroots (Medium size, grated)
  • 1 Carrot (Large size, grated)
  • 1 Apple (Diced)
  • 3/4 cup Coconut (Freshly grated)
  • ยผ cup Peanuts (Soaked for at least 15 min)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Split bengal gram / Chana dal
  • 1 Tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
  • 1 Tsp Black mustard seedsย 
  • 1 Sprig of curry leaves
  • ยผ Tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice (Juice from one orange)
  • Salt for taste
  • 1 Sprig Coriander / Cilantro (optional)

Serves 6-8

Cook timeย ย 0 min

Prep timeย 20 min

Passive timeย  0ย min

Recipe levelย Beginner

Spice levelย 2ย (On a scale of 1 to 6)

Shelf lifeย 1 โ€“ 2 days in refrigerator using an airtight container

Serving suggestionย Chilled or Room temperature

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

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Instructions:

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Soak the peanuts in 1/2 cup of water.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Peel the carrot and grate it.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Peel and cut the beets into smaller pieces.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add them to the food processor and grate.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add coconut to the food processor and grate it.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Mix everything and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small pan, on medium heat dry roast the bengal gram for 2 min.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Squeeze the juice of one orange into a small bowl.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves and saute for 1 min. Let it cool.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Blend bengal gram mixture to make a fine powder.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add it to the orange juice and make the dressing.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the dressing to the salad bowl.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add olive oil, salt and black pepper.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Dice the apple and add to the mixing bowl.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Mix well, check for the amount of salt and pepper needed according to the preference.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Notes :

  • I used navel orange and gala apple for this recipe.
  • You can switch orange juice with lemon juice if you prefer.

Happy Holi everyone !!

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Love

Sneha

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