fennel, beet, and blood orange salad

blood orange, beet and fennel salad
This rainy, mild winter reminds me of being a kid: sitting in the back of my family station wagon, listening to rain drops on the roof and the squeak of the windshield wipers with the easy listening sounds of Carole King on the radio. Remember when the backseat could be the safest, coziest place in the world? What a bummer that grown-ups don’t really get to snuggle in the back seat very often.

blood oranges
Nowadays, instead of Carole King and pleather, good food brings reassurance and comfort. Every February I find myself in the kitchen trying to cook my way out of the seasonal funk. Soups or casseroles are obvious comfort food choices, but a big bowl of fresh, crisp vegetables and sweet fruit can be reassuring too. Color, crunch, and varying textures are all things that make this salad awesome. Not to mention heaps of blood oranges, which are to be savored to the last.

sliced beetsP.S. I got the inspiration for this salad from Pinterest. Are you pinning? We are too, check out Brooklyn Supper on Pinterest here.

blood orange, fennel, and beet salad

Fennel, Beet, and Citrus Salad (inspired by Bon Appetit)

1 bunch beets, washed with greens trimmed
1 head fennel, trimmed and cut into 1/8″ slices, with green fennel fronds reserved for garnish
1/2 red onion, sliced into paper thin half moons
2 blood oranges
1 navel orange
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

To prepare the beets, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the beets thoroughly and trim off the greens. Place the beets in a large casserole dish, or anything that will hold 1/8″ of water. Sprinkle the beets with salt, cover tightly with foil, and put into the oven. Roast until the beets are tender, and you can easily pierce them with  fork, around an hour, but start checking after 40 minutes. Add more water if too much has evaporated. Once the beets have cooked though, run them under cool water to remove the skin. Slice into 1/8″ rounds and set aside.

Meanwhile, use a peeler to remove the zest from the blood oranges. Set aside. Then, supreme the 1 1/2  blood oranges and the navel orange, reserving any juice. You’ll use the other half of the blood orange to juice for the dressing.

Mince 1 tablespoon of the blood orange zest, and set the rest aside for garnish.

In a small bowl or jar, pour in 3 tablespoons of the reserved orange juice (use the extra 1/2 of blood orange if additional juice is needed). Whisk the olive oil into the juice, and add the minced zest, salt, and pepper.

When ready to serve, layer the fennel, onions, oranges, and drizzle on several tablespoons of the dressing. Keep in mind that the beets will quickly turn everything pink, so dress them separately and intersperse just before serving for optimal presentation. Finish with a few turns of fresh pepper, green fennel tops, and a strip of blood orange zest.


  1. says

    Yum, this is so beautiful and simple. All of these ingredients sound so perfect right now! I got really excited when I saw blood oranges for sale again! Also I just tried fennel in a salad for the first time and loved it. Will have to try this combo.

  2. says

    This looks delicious! I like to make a simple orange and red onion salad with black olives from Alice Water’s Simple Food. I love the colors you have brought together here. I will definitely try it.

    Thanks for Sharing!


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