Roasted Beet and Delicata Salad with Candied Ginger Pecans and Tahini Citrus Dressing

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I think that the definition of ‘salad’ can be interpreted pretty loosely.  To me, a successful salad will entertain the palette with a variety of flavors and textures.  Every bite should be complimented by opposites– something cooked with something fresh..a little crunchy next to creamy…tangy right alongside earthy flavors…sweet and salty together on one forkful.

It’s the perfect solution for when you can’t really decide what you’re in the mood for.


But lately, I’ve really been in the mood for citrus.  Just feels like the perfect foil to the cold, dreary winter that is currently making itself at home.  And these Satsuma tangerines just looked too cheerful not to bring home with me. 

While I wholeheartedly support eating as local and seasonal as one can, it is nice to have a taste of another (warmer) climate when farmers markets start looking a little deserted.roasted beet and delicata top

I originally planned to just use the tangerines in the tahini dressing, but I ended up throwing a few of the sections in with the rest of the gang.  Improvisation is another trick to creating the perfect salad.  This one was actually inspired by a lunch I threw together out of leftovers.  Something delicious created out of the overabundance of roasted vegetables I usually have lying around. 

This time it was delicata squash and beets that were roasted in my tired little oven.  It definitely has been overworked lately, functioning as both a kitchen tool and a heat source. 

But I’m not ready to give it a break anytime soon.


Since a salad doesn’t really feel complete to me without a good crunch factor, I thought I would toss in some pecans.  I rolled them around in some gingery maple syrup and butter first, though.  A few minutes in a hot oven leaves them toasty and salty and sweet and totally addictive. 

You might want to make extra, to make sure they actually make it to the plate.

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The dressing might be my favorite component of this hodgepodge of ingredients.  I love, love tahini and its slightly bitter flavor balances out all the other sweet things going on here.  Like the voice of reason acting as a reminder that you are, in fact, eating a salad.

Whether it fits your definition or not.


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 No room for boring salads around here!



5 responses to “Roasted Beet and Delicata Salad with Candied Ginger Pecans and Tahini Citrus Dressing”

  1. Wow…can’t wait to try this salad and dressing! Lately I have been turned on to fresh beets! I have been steaming them unpeeled for about 5 min. The skins almost fall off, then I roast them. Thanks for all your creativity and sharing… I also share with special foodie friends.

    • I love beets! I also like to grate them raw along with some carrots and apples and a garlic dressing, so good! I’m currently trying to convert Judy to beet lover 🙂

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