Ingredients

500 g (1 lb) raw whole beetroots, preferably of even size 2 garlic cloves
handful of oregano leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
200 g (7 oz) baby spinach 2 oranges, segmented
5 tablespoons Olive Vinaigrette
freshly ground black pepper chopped oregano, to garnish
Beetroot is important for heart health as it contains a high amount of antioxidants, as indicated by its vibrant colour. It also contains other beneficial vitamins and minerals including beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, folic acid, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorous – all important for heart health. Beetroot has a sweet taste and...

Instructions

1.To bake the beetroot, place the whole beetroots on a piece of foil large enough to enclose loosely with the garlic and oregano, Season to taste with pepper and drizzle over the oil and vinegar.
2.Gather up the foil loosely and fold over at the top to seal. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven, 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark 6, for 1-2 hours, depending on size of the beetroot, until tender.
3.Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before peeling and slicing the beetroot. Discard the garlic.
4.Place the spinach in a layer in the bottom of a large salad bowl followed by alternate layers of beetroot and orange.
5.Drizzle over the dressing and season with pepper to taste. Garnish with oregano.
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7.The baked beetroot is also delicious served hot as a vegetable accompaniment to meat and fish, or roughly mashed to a purée, in which case the garlic it is baked with can be added to the mash.

Beetroot is important for heart health as it contains a high
amount of antioxidants, as indicated by its vibrant colour. It
also contains other beneficial vitamins and minerals
including beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, folic acid,
manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and
phosphorous – all important for heart health. Beetroot
has a sweet taste and yet is surprisingly low in calories
weight for weight, it contains fewer than an apple.

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