Roasted Beet and Pistachio Salad

This colorful winter salad is a great nutrition-packed meal for make-ahead entertaining. Beets are rich in carotenoids, which are essential for eye health, and also high in folate, manganese and potassium. Pistachios add a healthy dose of vitamin B6.

1 lb Yellow, red & Chioggia beets
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1/2 orange
4 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp Freshly squeezed orange juice
Sea salt (to taste)
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/3-1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
1/2 cup pistachios (roasted and roughly chopped)
1/4 cup Fresh mint (finely chopped)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place washed beets on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Bake about 1 hour, or until tender. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, loosen skins from beets with a paper towel or a thin knife. Cut beets into a large 1 1/2-inch dice.

Whisk together the lemon and orange zest, lemon and orange juice, sea salt and black pepper. Stream in the extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil to desired consistency and taste.

Toss the beets with the roasted pistachios and chopped mint. Pour desired amount of vinaigrette over the beet mixture and toss to coat. Top with additional sea salt and black pepper.

Extra vinaigrette can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for up to 1 week.

Original recipe, Lisa Dixon Arose, BS, MBA, Certified Personal Chef
Dietetic Intern, Bastyr University & Medical Unit Intern at The Dr. Oz Show