Zesty Salmon with Roasted Beets and Spinach


Recipe by Sara Buenfeld, originally published on BBC Good Food blog.


  • 4 small fresh beetroots
  • 1½ tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 2 skinless salmon fillets
  • 2½ small oranges: zest of 1, and juice of half
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado, thickly sliced
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Trim the stems of the beetroot and reserve any tender leaves that are suitable for eating in the salad. Cut the beetroots into quarters then toss with 1/2 tbsp oil, the coriander seeds, and some seasoning then pile into the centre of a large sheet of foil and wrap up like a parcel.

  2. Bake for 45 mins or until the beetroots are tender. Remove from the oven, then top with the salmon and half the orange zest, and return to the oven for 15 mins. If you want to toast the pumpkin seeds, put them in the oven for 10 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, cut the peel and pith from 2 oranges. Then cut out the segments with a sharp knife working over a bowl to catch the juices. Finely grate the garlic and leave for 10 mins to allow the enzymes to activate. Stir the garlic into the orange juice and remaining oil with seasoning to make a dressing.

  4. Remove the parcel from the oven and carefully lift off the fish. Transfer beets into a bowl with the red onion, remaining orange zest, pumpkin seeds and spinach leaves and toss well. Gently toss through the orange segments and avocado with any beet leaves then pile onto plates and top with the warm salmon. Drizzle over the dressing and serve while still warm.