This delicious salad is an alluring combination of roasted beets, mandarin oranges, leafy greens with creamy mango dressing. The mixture of sweet and tart flavors with a tangy mango dressing turns this salad recipe into something special. Total time: 1 Hour This recipe will serve 4.
- 4 small beets
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- About 4 cups baby salad greens
- 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1/4 cup crumbled fresh paneer (optional)
- 2 tbsp coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
- 1 medium sized raw mango, peeled and cut into cubes.
- 2 sprigs of cilantro/coriander leaves, stem removed
- Approx 2 tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste
- Approx 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp roasted ground cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine beets and 2 tsp olive oil and ¼ tsp pepper in a bowl and toss to coat. Place beets in a baking pan.
- Cover tightly with aluminium foil and roast for 45 minutes or until tender when pierced with the tip of a small knife.
- When the beets have cooled slightly but are still warm, rub off the skins with a towel. Trim off roots.
- Cut beets into ½ inch wedges; cool completely.
- Blend all the dressing ingredients together until creamy. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding more honey, lime juice, or salt if desired.
- Place greens and beets in a large bowl; Scatter the orange segments in the bowl. Pour the dressing over salad and toss gently. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon crumbled paneer and 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted almonds
- Baby salad greens can be replaced with spinach or any greens of choice.
- Instead of roasting the beets we can boil them. Cover the beets with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 45 minutes or until beets can easily be pierced with the tip of a small knife.
- Replace the almond with roasted crushed peanuts.
Additional Note: To make crumbled paneer:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 Tbsp lime juice with 1 tsp water
- Let the milk boil on medium high stirring continuously.
- When the milk is boiling add lime juice, then strain the paneer onto muslin/thin cotton cloth and run it under cold water, squeeze excess water.