On 13 Feb, bake the beet for about an hour till you can easily stick a knife into it. Refrigerate it overnight.
Early in the day, slice the beet fairly thinly and cut out little heart shapes. Do it with a tiny heart cookie cutter if you have one, otherwise freehand (it's not too hard). Put the beets in a little bowl. Section the blood oranges (2-4 of them, depending on how much salad youwant to end up with) and put the sections in another bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes over the beets, and mix in a little salt and pepper.
Cook the pecans with a handful of sugar in a big frying pan till the sugar's melted and turned light brown. Spread the pecans out on a piece of parchment paper to cool.
Arrange the lettuce and arugula on a platter. Make a dressing from the lemn juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour some of it over the lettuce. Arrange the orange sections over the lettuce, and the heartbeets over that. Pour on the rest of the dressing. Right before you serve it, sprinkle on the pecans, being careful not to obscure the hearts.
posted by Rebecca