Spinach Salad with Citrus and Roasted Beets


Curly leaf spinach has great texture and flavor and holds this mustardy dressing well. For additional color, feel free to use a variety of different colored beets. You can also swap blood oranges for the tangerines. More Great Salads

Spinach Salad with Citrus and Roasted Beets
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 12 small beets

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • Salt

  • 3 tangerines

  • 1 large red grapefruit

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3/4 pound curly leaf spinach (12 cups), stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Put the beets in a medium baking dish. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and rub to coat the beets. Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the beets are tender. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and quarter them.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cover the onion slices with the vinegar. Add a large pinch of salt and mix well. Let stand for about 1 hour.

  3. Using a sharp knife, peel the tangerines and grapefruit, removing all of the bitter white pith. Working over a bowl, cut in between the membranes to release the sections.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with 3 tablespoons of the vinegar from the onion slices. Whisk in the 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Put the spinach in a large bowl. Drain the onion slices and add to the spinach along with the tangerine, grapefruit and beets. Drizzle the mustard dressing over the salad and toss well. Serve right away.

Make Ahead

The roasted beets, pickled onion, tangerine and grapefruit sections and the mustard dressing can be refrigerated separately overnight. Bring to room temperature before making the salad.

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