Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad [with Mustard Vinaigrette]

October 26, 2023

Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad [with Mustard Vinaigrette]

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The flavors in this Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad complement each other so well!

Beetroot and Pumkin are (heavenly) spiced with warm, smoky spices such as cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika, then roasted. These flavorful chunks are placed atop mixed greens, then topped with goat cheese, chopped pecans, and a handful of sliced clementines for a sweet and tangy bite.

The dressing is a Fall inspired mustard vinaigrette. It’s savory with a slight sweetness!

You may also like: Broccoli Pomegranate Salad.

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Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad is a vegetarian side dish. A balanced, fresh, seasonal addition to your holiday spread! The bright, colorful beets and pumpkin make for a beautiful presentation, too.

My husband, Jon, tried the salad one night when he got home from work, and said “Nope, not for me”. It turns out beets aren’t his thing. For me, this meant that, between testing and photographing the recipe and making it several times, I had to eat the salad every day for lunch, with no help from my husband. Within these few weeks, I ate more beetroot and pumpkin than I have in my entire lifetime.

The moral of the story is: did eating it so many times make me want to never eat it again? No. But I will say, I will not make it again until next year. I’ve officially had my fill of Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad…😂

Ingredients: Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin

Diced beetroot and pumpkin in two separate bowls along with a plate of spices and a cup of olive oil.

I like to roast the earthy beetroot and pumpkin with warming, smoky spices. For roasting, you’ll need a sheet baking pan, parchment paper, and the follow ingredients:

  • Pumpkin
  • Beetroot
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Which Pumpkin is Best for Roasting?

If you were wondering which pumpkin is best for roasting, Christine Gallary with The Kitchn authored an informative article: “The Best Pumpkins for Baking and Cooking“. When shopping for pumpkins, she recommends looking for the ones usually generically labeled “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins.

Furthermore, you may have seen my Instagram story a couple of weeks ago. I was “stealing” a pumpkin from my front porch (lol). It was just a regular old “jack-o-lantern” pumpkin I was using as a Fall decoration. I didn’t plan on carving pumpkins and didn’t want it to go to waste. The large orange pumpkins are considered stringy, coarse, and not as “meaty” as other varieties. Well, I peeled and roasted that baby, and it worked fine! It had a great texture when roasted with olive oil and was delicious with the spices I use in this recipe. Next time I’ll try a different pumpkin mentioned in the above article.

Hopefully, the above information will help you make an informed decision when choosing the best pumpkin for roasting!

Ingredients: Mustard Vinaigrette

Mustard vinaigrette ingredients spread out in separate bowls on a white surface.

The dressing for the Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad is a mustard vinaigrette, which is slightly sweetened with maple syrup, pomegranate juice, and clementine or orange juice. It is perfectly balanced with apple cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil! It’s so delicious.

I used freshly squeezed clementine juice because it’s what I had in the house (Jon brings them with his lunch daily), but you can also use juice from a navel orange, etc.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Dijon mustard
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly squeezed clementine or orange juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Water
  • Fine sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Shallot (optional but recommended)

Can beetroot be eaten as a salad?

Yes, beetroot can be eaten as a salad! You can cook beets in several diverse ways. They are quite versatile, and can be roasted, boiled, sauteed, or even pickled.

In this Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad, they’re cooked, but they are equally amazing raw, like in this Raw Beet Salad from Skinny Taste.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to enjoy this nutrient-packed root vegetable!

How to make beet root salad?

Mustard vinaigrette being poured onto roasted beetroot and pumpkin salad on a white plate.

Roast the Beetroot and Pumpkin

Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad is easy to make! Just a bit of prep time is needed to cut, peel, and dice the pumpkin then peel and dice the beets.

The skin on some pumpkins (including the one I used) is thick and hard to peel with an old peeler or a knife. I wish I had gotten this vegetable peeler sooner. It works like a charm for pumpkins because it’s wider and sharper!

I first season and oil the diced pumpkin in a large bowl and add that to a parchment paper lined sheet baking pan. Next, I add the diced beets to the same bowl and toss with the remaining seasoning and oil and add those to the other side of the pan.

The reason I don’t mix them together in a bowl is because the intense hot pink hue of the beets will bleed into the pumpkin, taking away its distinct orange color!

Roast the beetroot and pumpkin at four hundred degrees Fahrenheit (two hundred four degrees Celsius) for about forty-five minutes or until fork tender.

Make the Mustard Vinaigrette

For the mustard vinaigrette, combine all the ingredients except for the extra-virgin olive oil in a food processor. Blend until well combined.

To properly emulsify the vinaigrette, slowly stream the olive oil into the other ingredients while the food processor is running. Adding the oil in a steady stream will result in a smooth and creamy vinaigrette!

You can now fold in the minced shallot if you want to. I’ve made the mustard vinaigrette with and without them, and I love it both ways.

Assemble the Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad

In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, scoop the roasted beetroot and pumpkin on top, and speckle the salad with half or more of the goat cheese, chopped pecans, and thinly sliced clementines.

On the side, serve the remaining goat cheese and chopped pecans (just in case anyone wants a little extra), along with the mustard vinaigrette!

Roasted beetroot and pumpkin salad in a white bowl.

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I hope you, your family, and your friends enjoy my Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad recipe this Fall/Winter/Holiday season! Happy holidays. 🦃😊🎄 – Jenna G.

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    Roasted Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad [with Mustard Vinaigrette]


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    • Author: Jenna
    • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Yield: 8 servings 1x
    • Diet: Vegetarian

    Description

    Beetroot and pumpkin are spiced with cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika, then roasted. Mixed greens, goat cheese, chopped pecans, and clementines complete the salad. Mustard vinaigrette is served on the side.


    Ingredients

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    ROASTED BEETROOT AND PUMPKIN:

    • 4 heaping cups pumpkin, peeled and diced
    • 3 heaping cups beetroot (about 6 beets), peeled and diced
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon each fine sea salt, divided
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon cumin, divided
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE:

    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
    • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed clementine or orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 12 tablespoons shallot, finely minced (optional)

    ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:

    • 5 ounces mixed greens (I use baby spinach, arugula, chard mixture)
    • 4 ounces goat cheese
    • 1/2 cup pecans (I also like to serve extra on the side), chopped
    • 1 clementine, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Roast the Beetroot and Pumpkin: Halve, remove insides, cut lengthwise, peel with a vegetable peeler, then dice your pumpkin (see video: how to peel a pumpkin). Wash, peel, then dice the beetroot. Place the diced pumpkin in a large bowl and toss it with 3/4 teaspoon each salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika, and 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Dump it onto one side of a parchment paper lined sheet baking pan. Next, add the diced beets to the same bowl and toss with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of each seasoning, and 1 1/2 tablespoon oil. Dump the beets onto the other half of the sheet baking pan. Preheat your oven to 400° F (204° C). Roast the beetroot and pumpkin in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until softened and fork tender.
      Diced beetroot and pumpkin on a parchment lined silver sheet baking pan.
    2. Make a mustard vinaigrette. For the mustard vinaigrette, combine all the ingredients except for the extra-virgin olive oil in a food processor. Blend until well combined. To properly emulsify the vinaigrette, slowly stream the olive oil into the other ingredients while the food processor is running. Adding the oil in a steady stream will result in a smooth and creamy vinaigrette! You can now fold in the minced shallot if you want to. I’ve made the mustard vinaigrette with and without them, and I love it both ways.
      Olive oil being streamed into the mustard vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor.
    3. Assemble the salad and serve. In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, scoop the roasted beetroot and pumpkin on top, and speckle the salad with half or more of the goat cheese, chopped pecans, and thinly sliced clementines. On the side, serve the remaining goat cheese and more chopped pecans (just in case anyone wants a little extra), along with the mustard vinaigrette. Enjoy!!!
      Roasted beetroot and pumpkin salad in a white bowl with mustard vinaigrette, goat cheese, and chopped pecans on the side.
    • Prep Time: 30
    • Cook Time: 45 minutes
    • Category: Side Dishes, Salads
    • Method: Oven
    • Cuisine: American
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