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10 Great Beet Salads

How to Make Delicious Beet Salads

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Sweet, earthy beets make a delicious base for fresh salads. While plain beets are tasty simply dressed (see the Shredded Beet Salad below), these sweet root vegetables are easy to kick up a notch with a handful of crunchy nuts or a few bits of salty cheese. Beets are also lovely when tossed with greens or paired with citrus fruits (see the Orange Beet Salad below for an excellent example). Find more ideas and tasty recipes below.

1. Escarole Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

Toss crisp escarole and sweet beets to create an easy salad full of crunch that's perfect with warming fall and winter meals. I particularly like to serve this salad for a contrasting freshness when a stew or other intensely flavored, long simmering dishes I cook on cold nights is on the table.

2. Feta Cheese Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

Roasting intensifies the sweetness of beets, making them the perfect foil for salty feta cheese in this simple and nutritious composed salad. You can roast the beets well ahead of time, but add the feta right before serving - the bright white cheese has a way of soaking up the magenta color of the beets in a jiffy.

3. Goat Cheese Beet Salad

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Photo © Molly Watson

This salad can be made with roasted or grilled beets and is easy, fresh, and delicious. As with the above salad, don't add the cheese until you're ready to serve this salad (unless, of course, you want pink cheese!).

4. Hazelnut Beet Salad

Roasted Beet and Hazelnut Salad
Photo © Molly Watson

The nutty taste and crunchy texture of hazelnuts echo the earthy flavor of roasted beets in this simple salad. If you can find hazelnut oil, use that in the dressing for an extra noisette (that's French for "hazelnut") kick.

5. Orange Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

Sweet beets and tangy oranges make an easy, colorful, and refreshing salad on the shortest of winter nights (it works well into spring, as long as juicy citrus is still available). A dollop of thick yogurt is optional, but highly recommended, as it marries the sweet and tart, the fruit and vegetable. 

6. Ricotta Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

Creamy, yummy whole milk ricotta is especially delicious with beets, but the part-skim version is fine is that's what you prefer. You can use roasted or grilled beets here; know the charred grill marks provide tasty contrast to the milky flavor of the ricotta.

7. Shredded Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

This simple salad of shredded roasted beets is dressed with just vinegar and salt, which highlight the wonderful deep, earthy sweetness of the beets. It is a salad to serve on its own or over lettuce, or a side dish perfect next to roast meats (particularly chicken or pork).

8. Walnut Beet Salad

Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
Photo © Molly Watson

Roasted beets and walnuts are turned into a delicious salad with just a drizzle of walnut oil and a sprinkle of salt. Toasting the walnuts is optional, but definitely intensifies their flavor and crunch.

9. Warm Beet Salad

Photo © Molly Watson

Make this salad when you have a perfectly fresh bunch of beets with their vibrant greens still attached. You can leave it simply dressed with a bit of olive oil and salt, or add lemon zest, chopped hazelnuts, or feta or goat cheese if you want to dress it up a bit for company.

10. Yogurt Beet Salad

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Photo © Molly Watson

Grated roasted beets tossed in a garlicky yogurt dressing create a shocking pink color when you use red beets (the one pictured used striped beets for a more delicate effect) and out-of-this-world flavor. Use as a dip with toasted pita or crackers, or serve as a side salad with Mediterranean dishes. Seriously, don't let the color put you off, this simple salad is amazingly sweet and garlicky at the same time.

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