Orange and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

While cara cara oranges look like ruby red grapefruits, they’re not the same! Cara cara oranges are a result of a mutation in the navel orange, found in Venezuela. Their beautiful coloring comes from lycopene and beta-carotene, but if you’re not scientifically oriented then all that you need to know is how deliciously sweet they are.

You can really use any orange, I just went and got all fancy-pants and blogger-ish here. Mixed together with the earthiness of beets and any greens you have on hand (keeping this salad as noncommittal as possible), it’s a light and refreshing salad that hits on so many flavor profiles and textures.

P.S. The vinaigrette is AMAZING and truly makes this salad next-level fantastic. 

Don’t skip it if you know what’s good for you. 

Orange and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Recipe by Chez Chaya


  • 2 beets, washed and greens trimmed

  • 3 cups greens of choice, such as arugula, baby spinach, or romaine

  • 2 oranges, such as cara cara, navel, or blood oranges

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, or nut of choice

  • Optional protein, such as crumbled goat cheese or roasted chicken

  • For the Citrus Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wrap each beet individually in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast until easily pierced by a knife, 50-60 minutes, depending on the size. Unwrap each beet and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Peel and slice the cooled beets. Segment the oranges. Arrange the greens, beets, and oranges on a serving platter. Sprinkle with nuts, then toss with the vinaigrette right before serving.


  • Vinaigrette can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake well before using.


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