Spice-crusted carrot, beetroot, orange and chilli salad

A warming, winter salad perfectly balanced with notes of citrus, chilli and spice

  • Vegetarian


1 bunch beetroot (about 500g)

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus an extra drizzle

3 x 150g packs baby topped carrots

2 large red onions, each cut into 8 wedges

1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed

½ tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp soft light brown sugar

1 orange, zest and juice

1 red chilli, finely sliced (deseeded, if liked)

1 tbsp sherry vinegar

28g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves picked

½ x 20g pack mint, leaves roughly chopped

80g English goats’ cheese, roughly sliced 


1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C, gas mark 7. Trim the beetroot, leaving a little of the stem intact. Scrub any excess dirt from the skins and cut into 1.5cm thick wedges. Toss with ½ tbsp oil, season and scatter on a large foil-lined baking tray. Roast for 15 minutes.


2. Meanwhile, toss the carrots and onions with the fennel seeds, chilli flakes, sugar, orange zest and another ½ tbsp oil; season. Add to the baking tray and roast for another 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through; set aside to cool for 5 minutes.


3. Meanwhile, put the orange juice in a large bowl with the remaining 2 tbsp oil, the red chilli and sherry vinegar; season.


4. Toss the roasted vegetables and most of the herbs with the dressing, then scatter over a large serving dish or divide between plates. Top with the goats’ cheese and reserved herbs, then scatter over a few pumpkin seeds and drizzle with a little more olive oil, if liked, before serving.


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  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes, plus cooling

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,293kJ
Fat 18.6g
Saturated Fat 5.8g
Carbohydrate 27.2g
Sugars 23.5g
Protein 8.4g
Salt 0.6g
Fibre 6.9g

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This recipe was first published in Thu Jan 01 14:46:53 GMT 2015.