Beet & Orange Citrus Salad



So I do not  did not like beets.


I didn’t just kind of not like them… like I really really didn’t like them. You know when you’re swimming in a lake and you accidentally swallow lake water? Like right by some seaweed? That’s what I thought they tasted like. Dead serious.


Then something magical happened… I went out to dinner to this restaurant I had been dying to go to (RPM Italian!), and I ordered beets…and I LOVED them. They were prepared to perfection. I don’t know if it was Giuliana and Bill Rancic blowing good juju my way (they own the restaurant), or the last of my teenage tastebuds finally dying, but they were DELISH! I absolutely had to recreate the dish. The citrus brought out the sweetness of the beets and the crunch from the salty pistachio was an awesome contrast.


This is my new favorite summer salad – I love how different it is from what you normally see on a picnic table. If you can get your hands on precooked beets, this dish can be on your table in 10 minutes. Can’t find any? No prob. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes… on your table in 30. Plus beets are packed with all kinds of nutrition power – loaded with fiber, potassium, folate, and betacyanin; all the good stuff to keep your ticker in tip top shape.


So if you were like me, and don’t like beets – give them a chance! And if you’re not a hard sell, you will love this preparation!


And be before I let you loose on the recipe I want to announce the winner of my King Arthur Flour Giveaway….

Carolyn Doyle!!

Congratulations Carolyn! I will e-mail you with more info so I can get your box of goodies sent to you asap!






  1. I WISH I liked beets, mostly because this salad is so pretty! I just can’t bring myself to prepare them and have what appears to be a bloody massacre in my kitchen (hello, beet juice) only to discover, yet again, that I still don’t like them.

    Problems. I definitely want that dressing though! Yummy.

  2. Now I wanna try beets! I haven’t had them since I was little!

  3. This looks just like a salad I make, except with a mustard vinaigrette and a handful of greens. Every time a guest comes over and declares they don’t like beets, the flavors of this salad changes their mind! Yours looks refreshing!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Ooo yum! A mustard vinaigrette sounds great too, will have to try next time :)

  4. It’s funny, beets have been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. I LOVE beet salads, so I’ll definitely have to try this idea of adding fresh citrus juice!:)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahaha I’m the complete opposite :) But I love them now! Hope you’re having a great week Jen!

  5. I am totally obsessed with beets and citrus…so amazing!

  6. I’m so glad I’m not (or was not) alone in the “I Hate Beets Club”! I try them every now and again because restaurants always pair them with food that I find irresitible (umm, goats cheese anyone?). But now that you have left our little club I am thinking maybe I would like them with citrus!

  7. Beets are a powerhouse of nutrition and I love them … never had them with pistachios, though :)

  8. This is beautiful! I need more recipes with beets because I hardly cook with them. I also need to love them more. :) This salads seems like the most delicious way to eat them!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Annie! I hardly cook with them either, I’ve been really trying to work more of them in, really yummy in this salad :)