Organic Citrusy Beet Salad

Roasted beets are surprisingly sweet and delicious. Paired with a bright citrus dressing with a kick, this salad is wonderful any time of year. For a fun splash of color, try using a variety of fresh beets such as red, golden, and the curiously striped chioga.

6 medium organic beets, scrubbed clean
4 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh organic grated ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon zest and 1 tablespoon juice from one small organic orange
1⁄2 teaspoon organic lemon zest
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Cayenne Pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Cinnamon
  Pinch of Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1 head of green leaf, romaine, or butter lettuce
Optional Toppings
  Goat cheese or vegan cheese crumbles
  toasted pine nuts
  slivered almonds
  extra lemon/orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Place beets on a baking sheet and roast for about an hour, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Peel the beets once cool enough to handle; cut off tops and bottoms, then slice.
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients (through salt) in a bowl, gently toss with the beets, and refrigerate for several hours. Serve over a bed of lettuce topped with goat cheese and nuts if desired.