This citrus, beet, and burrata salad is the perfect easy salad recipe to showcase winter produce this season. It’s packed with nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C, and folate. Serve this as a tasty side dish with your holiday meal, or with any weeknight dinner!

Citrus, Beet, and Burrata Salad (Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

I have yet to eat a burrata salad I don’t love – same for you? It’s such a versatile cheese that pairs well with so many dishes – pastas, crostinis, salads, pizza…you name it!

Burrata is a soft Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. It consists of an outer layer of fresh mozzarella, which contains an inner layer of stracciatella and cream. It’s rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious.

I love to pair burrata with just about any type of fresh produce, as long as it is seasonal and fresh. For winter, beets and orange are on the top of my list. This citrus, beet, and burrata salad will rock your world this season!

Ingredients in citrus, beet, and burrata salad

Here are all the ingredients you need to make this salad. They key is to get the freshest produce you can find to let all the ingredients shine together.

  • Oranges: I recommend using navel, cara cara, or valencia oranges. These varieties tend to be juicy and sweet, adding lots of flavor to this salad.
  • Beets: You can use red, golden, or chioggia beets for this salad, and you could even use a variety of all three types.
  • Burrata cheese: Look for burrata in the cheese section of the grocery store. It comes packed in water, like fresh mozzarella does. If you are unable to find burrata, you can use fresh mozzarella instead.
  • Walnuts: Toasted walnuts add crunchy texture to this salad.
  • Parsley: This herb adds freshness and pretty green color.
  • Lemon juice: To give this salad even more citrus flavor, you’ll make a homemade lemon vinaigrette.
  • Olive oil: Good quality extra virgin olive oil is best for the vinaigrette.
  • Honey: Adds sweetness and cuts the acidity of the dressing.
  • Dijon mustard: This helps emulsify the dressing before you add it to the salad.
  • Shallot: A little bit of chopped shallot adds complexity and flavor the the vinaigrette.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Citrus, Beet, and Burrata Salad (Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

How to make citrus, beet, and burrata salad

First, roast the beets in the oven. Wrap each beet individually in tin foil, drizzled with a bit of olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes – 1 hour until fork tender. Let the beets cool in the tin foil, then use the tin foil to rub off the beet skin.

Slice the oranges into rounds. Cut off the rinds and white pith, keeping the orange slices intact in a hexagonal shape.

Arrange the orange slices and beets on a serving plate. Sprinkle with parsley, toasted walnut pieces, salt, and pepper.

Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Drizzle the salad dressing over the orange and beet slices.

Break up the ball of burrata into pieces using your hands. Scatter the pieces around the salad plate. Dig in!

Citrus, Beet, and Burrata Salad (Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

Health benefits of beets

Beets are an incredibly healthy food to include in your diet. They are packed with important nutrients that provide several health benefits.

  • Beets are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including folate, manganese, iron, vitamin C, and potassium.
  • Beets provide about 4 grams of fiber per cup. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate found in plant based foods, which helps with our digestion, weight management, gut health, lowers cholesterol, and more.
  • The vibrant color of beets is due to their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants in our diet help prevent diseases, boost our immunity, and fight inflammation.
  • In addition to providing several vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, beets also contain special compounds called inorganic nitrates. These compounds are associated with reducing blood pressure.

You really can’t go wrong by adding beets to your diet! And don’t forget about the beet greens – they are also edible and contain nutrients, too.

Citrus, Beet, and Burrata Salad (Gluten Free) - Daisybeet

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Citrus, Beet, and Burrata Salad (Gluten Free)

This citrus, beet, and burrata salad is the perfect easy salad recipe to showcase winter produce this season. It’s packed with nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C, and folate. Serve this as a tasty side dish with your holiday meal, or with any weeknight dinner!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 as a side 1x
  • Category: side dish

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 large beets
  • 3 large oranges
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 large ball or 2 medium balls of burrata cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon (about 2 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Wrap each beet individually in tin foil with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Place the wrapped beets in a baking dish. Roast for 45 minutes – 1 hour until beets are fork tender. Let them cool enough to be handled, and use the tin foil to rub off the beet skins.
  3. Slice the beets into large chunks.
  4. Slice the oranges into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Cut off the outer peel and white pith of each orange round, leaving the slice whole and in a hexagonal shape.
  5. Arrange the sliced beets and oranges together on a serving platter.
  6. Sprinkle on the parsley and walnuts.
  7. Use your hands to gently break up the burrata into chunks. Place the burrata chunks on top of the beets and oranges.
  8. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over everything.
  9. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, shallot, honey, and Dijon mustard until well combined. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss.
  10. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can also use pre-cooked beets to make this recipe faster.

Keywords: citrus, beet, and burrata salad, vegetarian, gluten free

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