Ten Women And Roasted Beet And Orange Salad With Honey Orange Dressing

beet_orange_salad_2_mfbI work with a bunch of women. Not a couple, or a few, or even a gaggle. OK, maybe a gaggle. In 700 square feet of space, there is ten of us. That’s pretty tight quarters.

That’s ten different personality types.  Some A’s, some B’s, some that are somewhere in between. Some loud and aggressive, some quiet and shy. One is not necessarily better than the other, just different.

beet_orange_salad_4_mfbThat’s ten different senses of humor.  Some a little dirty, some a little twisted, some a little dry. Some can find humor in all of life’s foibles, while others are a little more reserved in their comedic choices.

That’s ten different cycles.  I’m not going to get too far into that discussion, but if you are a woman, know a woman, love a woman, have shared a home with a woman, have a friend who is a woman, or have ever been around a woman, you know what I’m saying.

beet_orange_salad_3_mfbThat’s ten different viewpoints.  Ten different ways to see the same thing. Sometimes it’s a blessing to be able to see so many sides to the same story, sometimes it’s a curse, but it will always lead to thought-provoking discussions and perhaps even some personal growth.

That’s ten different beliefs.  Whether discussing religion, politics, parenting, sex, or life after death, there is no lack of opinions tossed around, about any given subject, on a daily basis. No one belief is right or wrong, it just is, and I’m thankful that I am surrounded by a group of women who recognize that.

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That’s ten different life experiences.  Different backgrounds, different social status, different upbringings.  Some richer, some poorer, some better, some worse. Some from the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and even some 90′s thrown in.  Some have faced greater life challenges than others, but all with the ability to share, teach, and grow.

That’s ten different purses. Contained within those purses you will find all the necessities of life.  Kleenex, tampons, pain killers and other various over-the-counter medications for everything from heartburn to eczema, gum, mints, perfume, change for coffee, phone numbers, make-up, and love.  Purses are jam-packed full of love.

That’s ten very different women. Ten very special women.

(And I didn’t even put quotations around the “special”!)

Roasted Beet And Orange Salad
Makes 4 salads.

Ingredients

  • 4 small beets, washed, roasted, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 large oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 6 – 8 cups mixed baby lettuce
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Thoroughly wash the beets.  Wrap the beets into an aluminum foil or parchment paper packet and place the packet on a cookie sheet.  Bake the beets for 1 hour or until tender.  Remove from the oven, unwrap the beets and let them cool. Once cooled, cut the ends off the beets and peel them carefully.  Slice into 1/8″ slices and set aside.

Cut the ends off of the oranges and use a sharp knife to cut the peel off the flesh.  Slice the oranges into 1/4″ thick slices and set aside.

In a small frying pan, over medium high heat, toast the walnuts for several minutes, constantly stirring, until they are fragrant.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Assemble each salad with mixed baby lettuces, 1 sliced beet, several orange slices and toasted walnuts.  Drizzle with honey orange dressing.

Honey Orange Dressing
Makes about 1/2 cup.

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, juice (about 1/3 cup) and zest
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small jar or lidded container and shake well to mix.  Drizzle over roasted beet and orange salad.  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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