beet and mandarin orange salad

beet and mandarin orange salad

Last week I spent a few days in sunny California visiting with the friendly folks from DOLE Foods. It was a fantastic trip with an even better group of bloggers-turned-friends. I promise to tell you all about it but, in the meantime, I really want to share this delicious beet and mandarin orange salad with you!

One of the coolest things we did while there was taste-test some of their recipes that use their products in ways you might not normally think to use them. This was one of my favorites – tons of flavor with lots of healthy goodness! And I would never think to add quinoa to a lettuce salad, what a clever way to work it into your diet. The orange flower water in the recipe might throw you since it’s not a common ingredient but it’s worth picking some up (Amazon carries it and I believe World Market does, too). If you’re concerned you won’t use it more than once (even though I know you’ll make this recipe again and again!), just do a quick Google search, there are a lot of recipes out there. I found a few just on BonAppetit‘s site.

This beet and mandarin orange salad would be perfect for a spring lunch or brunch. I made mine for a light dinner, too – it’s more filling than you’d think!

beet and mandarin orange salad