~Roasted Beets & Baby Heirloom Tomato Salad with a Ruby Red Grapefruit Vinaigrette~

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by Sara Hafiz on May 24, 2010

I love going to my local gourmet markets and discovering new products. I recently discovered Yellowish Orangish Beets & Ruby Red Grapefruits. I had to bring the  Beets & the Grapefruits home. While driving home I started planning how I would utilize these beauties to the fullest, and that’s when I started dreaming about roasting the beets and making a refreshingly tangy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vinaigrette. Before I roasted the beets I dressed them with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt & freshly ground pepper.  I roasted the beets on a pretty intense  heat of 450 degrees in the oven. I also used a medley of colorful Heirloom baby tomatoes, which I love using in all of my salads. Heirloom tomatoes have a sweeter taste and they look great for a colorful & vibrant presentation. I also added pickled shallots, Ruby Red Grapefruit peeled slices, Feta cheese, Kalamata Olives & Capers. I kept on adding all of my favorite ingredients and whatever was in my refrigerator to make this salad. I made the pickled shallots one hour in advance, you will have to soak the sliced shallot rings in a brine of vinegar, sea salt & sugar. You can certainly add regular sliced shallots, I would still soak them for minimum of 30 minutes in some salted water to take away the strong flavor. Grapefruit Vinaigrette is a flavorful and tasty dressing for this salad, basically it has 3 ingredients like grapefruit juice, extra virgin olive oil & lemon juice. Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste.

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Joy May 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Sara I am loving the new layout!! The colors are beautiful :) Beets are some of my favorite things to eat, they are so nutritious and delicious — what could be better? This recipe is bright and colorful :)

Nadia May 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I love beets too, Sara. The colors in this dish are my faves, so pretty. Your serving dish is lovely too. yummyyy!

Sara May 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Thank you Joy! :)

Sara May 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Nadia! I’m always buying serving platters, I think I’m an addict! lol I bought this one from Pier One like 8 years ago!

Sue May 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Sara you make the most delicious-looking dishes! That is definitely my kind of salad. Love your serving plate! :)

Sara May 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thank you, Sue! :)

azelia May 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

what a pretty salad and pretty plate…

Sara May 25, 2010 at 1:55 am

Thank you!

Food Jihadist May 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

Beautiful photography! I love beets too.

Food Jihadist May 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

Beautiful photos! I love beets too. Will have to try the recipe.

Sara May 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thank you! :)

tasteofbeirut May 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I love beets, especially roasted with dressing like a tarator or a vinaigrette; what a splendid idea to add the pickled shallots and the grapefruit in the dressing. Splendid!

bunkycooks May 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

What a beautiful salad! These kinds of dishes are the best part of summer. I like your new site layout.

Magdalena May 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

Hello ! I am a beet lover and I collect all recipes with those “bad” beets. I like your salad a lot, the color of beets is amazing. I did not see ones like yours here, even at our organic market. Have a nice day!

Sara May 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm


marla {family fresh cooking} May 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I love those yellow orange beets too. They are also a heck of a lot less messy than their beautiful red companions. Lovely salad, beautiful presentation. Love the plate in top photo! xo

Sara May 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Thank you Marla dahling! :)

deeba August 17, 2010 at 3:17 am

Gorgeous salad, fab flavours and intriguing colour play! Love the platter too. NICE!!

Soma August 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

what a vibrant and fantastic salad! Love your dish and the presentation.

Sara August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Thank you so much Deeba!! I’m a huge fan of your blog! :)

Sara August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Thank you Soma! :)

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