Bursting with flavor, this salad is a perfect accompaniment to summer dishes. Or, simply add chicken, fish or pork to turn this salad into an entrée.

Prep Time: 30 minutes    Cook Time: 15 minutes   Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups mixed greens, such as baby arugula, spinach or kale, radicchio and curly endive
  • 3 roasted beets, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Orange-Honey Vinaigrette:

  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds:

  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch each ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper

Directions:

Orange-Honey Vinaigrette: Peel oranges using a sharp paring knife, and following the natural curve of the fruit to remove the bitter white pith. Working over a bowl to catch the juices, cut between membranes to release segments; set aside.

Whisk together 1/4 cup orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, shallot, honey, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper; add olive oil in slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until well combined. Set aside. (Vinaigrette can refrigerated in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds: Preheat oven to 325°F. Toss together seeds, honey, cardamom, salt, cinnamon and cayenne; scatter in thin layer onto parchment paper­­‑lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 or 10 minutes, rotating pan halfway through cooking time, until seeds are golden and crisp.

Arrange greens on large, shallow platter. Top with beets, avocado, orange segments and red onion; drizzle with desired amount of vinaigrette. Garnish with goat cheese and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds; serve immediately.

Tip: To roast beets, wrap in foil and cook in 400°F oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. Peel beets, wearing latex gloves to avoid staining hands.

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