Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad is a perfect make-ahead salad because it only gets better with time.

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

Beet Salads

I have a love for beet salads. Beets pair well with so many ingredients. So, I’m always coming up with new beet salads, some of which I have posted, like this Wild Rice Roasted Beet Salad, and Roasted Beet & Apple Salad.

This beet pistachio & orange salad recipe combines beets with oranges and pistachios. Just as in this other citrus beet salad with nuts: Beet Salad With Grapefruit, Blue Cheese & Walnuts, the sweet, earthiness of beets contrasts beautifully with the bright tang of citrus.

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

An Easy Way to Peel Beets

I used to peel the beets before roasting them. But then I learned the easier way. Scrub and trim the beets, then wrap them in foil before roasting. Allow them to cool slightly, then use the foil, or paper towels to rub the skins right off. It’s much easier and your cutting board and hands won’t be red.

Two wooden bowls of beet, pistachio,& orange salad on a wooden cutting board

About Pistachios

Pistachios are a tree nut that grows in Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the United States. The nuts are a green and yellow colour, with red or purple patches and the shells are a light beige that splits open as the nuts mature. Pistachios are fun to eat from the shell, because they are already split for you. But for recipes like this beet salad, you can buy them shelled to make life easier.

Pistachio Nutrition

Pistachios are a very nutritious snack, but they are also very high in calories. They’re so delicious that it’s very hard to stick to just a handful. However,keep in mind that a one ounce serving of pistachios is about 49 nuts and 158 calories. It’s only when we eat the whole bag that it becomes a problem. Pistachios are high in protein, fibre and heart healthy fats. They are also excellent sources of Vitamin E and B vitamins as well as calcium, iron, zinc, and selenium.

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad
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Fun Facts About Pistachios

  • February 26 is National Pistachio Day.
  • In China, pistachios are called the “happy nut”, and in Iran the “smiling nut”.
  • The Queen of Sheba loved pistachios so much that she ordered the entire harvest be set aside for her.

Get more pistachio fun facts here

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

Colleen
Beets, Pistachios, and oranges make a delicious, nutritious, and easy to make salad.
4.84 from 24 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium beets trimmed and scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 medium shallot finely chopped
  • 4 clementines peeled & segmented
  • 1/2 cup pistachios shelled & roasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 cups arugula

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 425°
  • Wrap beets in foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes
  • Allow beets to cool enough to handle, then use the foil to rub off the skins. Cut beets into wedges. Set aside to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, thyme, and salt. Add beets, shallots, and orange segments, tossing to coat. 
  • Put the salad in the fridge to marinate, at least two hours, but overnight is best.
  • Before serving, toss with pistachios and parsley
  • Serve on a bed of arugula

Notes

Clementines or mandarin oranges are easy to peel and segment, and they are just the right size for salads. But if you can't find them, any orange will taste just as delicious.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 363mgPotassium: 645mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 48.3mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2mg
Keyword beets, oranges, Pistachios
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54 thoughts on “Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad

  1. The colors in this salad are absolutely gorgeous and I bet it’s packed with all sorts of delicious nutrients!

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous salad! Loving the flavor combo you have put together. Pinning to make for hubby’s lunch this week.

  3. I bet the flavor in this salad is out of this world delicious. You have created a one-of-a-kind salad that is loaded with power foods.

  4. I LOVELOVELOVE this salad! The colors look gorgeous against each other, it’s healthy and I’m a huge fan of the rustic presentation in those wooden bowls!

  5. Such a delicious winter salad! Beets and pistachios are a great combination of natural fat and winter veg. I love the orange addition for a pop of acidic flavor!

  6. This is my kind of salad! I’m a huge fan of of beets and citrus together and this salad looks so tasty!

  7. Fist of all this salad is simply beautiful and secondly it’s delicious! I have always loved beet salad, so I was super excited to try this. It was as good as it looks!

    1. Kristine, I’m so happy that you loved it as much as we do. It really is so pretty, but the combo of flavours is so good here. Thank you for sharing! ♥

  8. Absolutely love this combination, beets and orange go perfect together and the color is lovely very appetizing!

  9. Nothing better than a beet salad to help you regain some nutritional balance in comfort food season. I love the combination of flavours here and the pistachios add a great textural component.

  10. I love a good beet salad, and the addition of pistachios and oranges in this one puts it over the top! Also, thanks for the tip on peeling beets. I had no idea the skins would rub off like that after roasting. Definitely trying that!

  11. Such a very pretty salad, Colleen! Your pistachio trivia was very interesting, too. I am going to make this healthy beautiful salad soon. Love beets, pistachios and oranges – it’s a winner recipe!

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