Layered avocado beet citrus salad

Beets and I have never been on good terms. My mum used to boil them and sprinkle the slices with sugar for us when we were kids. I always found that it was too sweet and the texture was just too soft. I knew it was good for you, I loved the color but one bite into the soft mushy sweet overload was all I could handle.

That all changed this winter when I came across a recipe in the women’s weekly for roasted beets and feta salad.The idea of roasting and pairing sweet with salty intrigued me. I had to try it and I am glad I did “I will be sharing that recipe for that beet and feta salad soon”. The roasted beets were much firmer than their boiled counter parts and when paired with other ingredients the sweetness was balanced off nicely.

I started looking for more recipes to use roasted beets in, the results of the search were quite interesting. Sandwiches, salads and even cakes feature this deeply colored delight and now the one thing I never noticed when grocery shopping is on the list almost every time.

Today’s recipe was inspired by this salad I found on pinterest. It had roasted beets, check. Arugula which I love and always have on hand, check. Grapefruit, hmmm ,no one eats grapefruit around here but me so I decided to use blood oranges instead. I also replaced the grapefruit juice, maple syrup and cumin dressing with an orange vinaigrette and garnished it with pomegranate seeds.The result was a success in terms or looks, texture and flavor. 

Layered salads are fun, versatile, elegant and really easy to make. I had a question from one of my readers on my facebook page “what can you use to replace the oranges, no other citrus fruit will work ,allergic”, I suggested feta cheese with a balsamic honey dressing because I have already tried the combo and it works brilliantly.Don’t have avocado,try cucumbers.Try different combinations and dressings,be adventurous. If you do give it a go and let me know how you like it.

Layered avocado beet and citrus salad

adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

Makes one serving (Printable recipe here)

2  Beets, roasted, peeled and cubed

1 blood orange sectioned and cut into cubes

1 small avocados, cut in half, pit removed and cubed

1/2 cup arugula leaves

1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds


1/2 cup fresh orange juice ( one to two oranges)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
 1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard

To make the dressing, add all ingredients into a small jar and shake well.

To prepare the beets, cut off the tops and bottoms and drizzle with olive oil .

 Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes at 180 C  until fork tender.

 Remove from the oven and let cool. Peel and cube.

To assemble,  Lay the Arugula leaves on the bottom of your plate.

Put a ring (7 cm) on top of the arugula leaves.

 Layer with the beets then the avocado and finally the oranges.

 Remove the ring and drizzle with the dressing.

 Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds

Arugula apple and halloumi salad

Arugula is one of my favorite greens to put in a salad or sandwich. It has a mild peppery taste without being overpowering, has the slightest crunch and is vibrant green and that makes it the perfect background to build a salad on. You can go with the usual suspects and add tomatoes, onions and olives or you can make it with a twist and add eggplants and tahini sauce or maybe some avocados. Today I decided to go with what I had in the fridge and use grilled halloumi and apples with orange vinaigrette dressing which is a slightly modified version of the dressing in the avocado orange salad.

Before I get to the recipe I would like to thank Fati from Fati’s recipes for tagging me  to answer 10 questions, you will find my answers at  the end of the post. I would also  like to thank Ann from sumptuous spoonfuls  and Kathyrn from Kiwsparks for the honor of passing awards to me.

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Versatile blogger award

 I am humbled when such talented bloggers who inspire me with their every post pass an award to me.Thank you so much ladies.If you have not already, do pass by both blogs. Kathyrn will enchant you with her photography, poems and her posts will make you stop and think. Ann will inspire you with creative recipes that range from comfort food to exotic to simply must try ones.

Arugula apple and grilled halloumi salad with orange vinaigrette


2 cups arugula

2 apples

halloumi cheese

2 – 3 Tbsp pomegranate seeds (optional)

Arrange the arugula leaves in your serving plate.

Cut the halloumi into slices and in a pan that you have sprayed with some oil, grill them on both sides until they are golden brown

Cut the apples into slices and toss them in the dressing to prevent them from browning.

Arrange the apple and halloumi slices on top of the arugula and drizzle with the dressing just before serving

Garnish with pomegranate seeds. 

Orange vinaigrette dressing
1/2 cup fresh orange juice ( one to two oranges)
2 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoon vinegar
2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
mix all ingredients in a bowl, transfer to a container with lid. Store remaining dressing in the refrigerator, good for 5 to 7 days

Describe yourself in 7 words…

Thinker, listener, dreamer,photographer,creative, passionate, perfectionist

What keeps you up at night?

Let’s start with the simple ones. A good book, editing pictures, writing posts, visiting blogs. If however you mean what worries me at night is the feeling that I could have done something better, be it a case at work or a situation with the kids. I am very hard on myself and I read too much into people’s actions and reactions and that keeps me up too.

Who would you like to be?


What scares you?

Failure. Be at work or at parenting or any other aspect in my life and I do set the bar very high.

 What are the best and worst things about blogging?

I think the answer to this one is the same in every single blog I have read.The best part is getting to meet wonderfully talented, supportive  and inspiring group of people who share your passion.The worst part is the time, blogging can seriously become a second job! The time it takes to make recipes, take pictures, write posts, follow the wonderful blogs you are interested in and leave meaningful comments is SO time consuming and I can never keep up with it all. So if I miss a few of your posts please do forgive me, I am trying my best .

What is the last website you looked at?

The daring kitchen checking out the daring bakers challenge

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

This one has to do with my one and only new year resolution. Stop expecting things from people, don’t wait for them to make you happy,be in charge of your own happiness. As I said before, I read too much into people’s actions and reactions and a single comment or gesture can make or ruin my day and that really needs to change.

Slankets, yes or no?

Had to google that one and the answer is no.

 Tell us something about the person who tagged you…

The thing I love the most about Fati is the fact that she is a dreamer. She is determined on doing big things with her life and I think she will achieve them because she is so passionate. She shares a variety of arabic and middle eastern recipes along with international ones and the best part is she manages to work around missing ingredients and recipe problems brilliantly I’ll pass on this tag to the following 5 bloggers.. hope you haven’t been tagged before so the fun can spread around:
Ann  from sumptuous spoonfuls
Mia from Mia’s domaine
Erin from dinners dishes and desserts
Tanja from Tanja’s cooking corner
Ally from Ally’s kitchen
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