In California's Ojai Valley, citrus growers have mastered cultivating the tiny Pixie tangerine. Pixies are only available in the spring, but you can make this salad year-round with any variety of tangerine or clementine.

Laraine Perri
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016; October 2020 30th Anniversary


Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Scrub beets well; wrap in foil while still wet and place in a small baking pan. Bake until the tip of a knife slips into a beet easily, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let cool, still wrapped, for 15 minutes. Unwrap and let cool for 10 minutes more so they're cool enough to handle. Use a paper towel to rub the skins off. Trim off the ends. Cut the beets into wedges or slices. Rinse and drain beet greens (or chard), leaving a little water still clinging to them; set aside.

  • Grate 1/2 teaspoon zest from 1 tangerine (or clementine). Slice the ends off all the fruit, then slice off the peel and white pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut the fruit into segments or slices and set aside. Combine the zest with vinegar, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a generous grinding of pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in 4 teaspoons oil. Add the beets and toss to coat; let stand for 15 minutes.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the greens and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, gently stirring, until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Divide the greens among 4 salad plates. Top with the beets, fruit, feta and pistachios. Drizzle with any remaining dressing.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 6g 12% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 18g; fat 13g 20% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol 8mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 2080.7IU 42% DV; vitamin c 80.7mg 135% DV; folate 90.2mcg 23% DV; calcium 125.1mg 13% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 62.7mg 22% DV; potassium 660mg 19% DV; sodium 325mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! I didn t think I liked beets..... this recipe changed my mind. Made one substitution - used red wine vinegar as that was what I had on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We don't like beets so subbed yellow squash cut in chunks. Also left out feta added paremsan. I was great!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved it. My kids not so much they were scared by all the different ingredients for the salad. But as an adult I found it delicious. I served it with a pork tenderloin. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Did not taste good. I love beet salads I order them every time I see one one the menu. This was bad. The dressing I think is the issue. Read More