Sweet, earthy beets make a delicious starring ingredient in fresh salads. While beets are tasty simply dressed on their own, the sweet root vegetables are easy to kick up a notch with a handful of crunchy nuts or a sprinkle of salty cheese. Beets are also lovely when tossed with greens and paired with citrus dressings.
These recipes all showcase beets nicely—serve as a first course or alongside a main like chicken, fish, pork, or beef.
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Any type of beet will work nicely for this recipe, including a mixture of different colorful varieties. The balsamic, Dijon, and honey dressing is a lovely compliment to the arugula, goat cheese, and pecans. Add a bit of salty meatiness to the beet salad by topping with crumbled crispy bacon or pancetta.
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Cooked, sliced beets are paired with plump shrimp, fresh greens, and nutty, chewy spelt for a salad that can easily serve as the main course. Fresh herbs like dill and parsley are a nice addition, as is a squeeze of fresh lemon. Serve the beet and shrimp salad with a side of crusty bread or a cup of soup.
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Cooked potatoes, beets, and carrots are combined with a flavorful dressing of mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and vinegar for a colorful take on the classic potato salad. The beets can be roasted, steamed, or boiled for this recipe—cook them whole for easy peeling and then chop once the vegetable has cooled. Serve at your next backyard gathering or potluck.
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This simple but elegant roasted beet salad is lovely as a first course for an autumnal meal. The colorful beets become sweet and earthy in the oven and taste especially good topped with crumbled feta cheese and a light lemon vinaigrette. To turn this salad into a lunchtime main course, add a cooked whole grain like barley and chopped grilled chicken.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Golden beats tend to have a milder, slightly sweeter flavor than their dark red counterparts. Tossed with crunchy, hearty kale, golden raisins, walnuts, and a garlic and lemon tahini dressing, they provide a mild sweetness and satisfying texture to the colorful salad. Massaging the kale with some of the dressing helps to tenderize the leaves a bit before serving the kale and golden beet salad.
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This simple cold beet salad can be made ahead of time and stashed in the fridge until dinner. Fresh parsley and lemon juice along with sliced raw onion are all it takes to accentuate the naturally colorful and delicious vegetable. Serve alongside grilled or roasted meat or as a side dish to kebabs.
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This vibrant beet and spinach salad is studded with crispy bacon, zesty onions, and crunchy pecans for a salad packed with flavor. A honey mustard vinaigrette adds brightness and ties the whole dish together. Add crumbled feta or goat cheese if you like. The salad can easily be served simply with a little bread for a well-balanced lunch.
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Festive fruit salads are often enjoyed as a first course for Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico. With jicama, apples, pineapple, beets, orange, and pomegranate, this colorful salad is sure to put a smile on everyone's faces. A tart and sweet dressing marrys the ingredients together and peanuts add crunch.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Beets pair wonderfully with creamy sour cream or yogurt, as seen in the classic soup borscht. This beetroot salad is topped with a creamy dressing made with yogurt, garlic, and fresh herbs. Serve alongside a spicy dish so that the salad can cool off your palate between bites.
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Make this beet salad when you have a perfectly fresh bunch of beets with their greens still attached. The warm roasted beets wilt the greens a bit for a lovely contrast of cooked and raw. Leave it simply dressed with a bit of olive oil and salt, or add lemon zest, chopped hazelnuts, or cheese if you want to dress it up a bit for company.
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Sumac is a red Middle Eastern spice that adds a tartness to dishes, almost like lemon. It adds a unique dimension to the dressing for this roasted beets and feta salad. Salty, creamy, tart, crunchy, and a little sweet—the easy salad hits all the right notes.