Sweet, earthy beets make a delicious base for great salads. While plain beets – like the Shredded Beet Salad below – are delicious simply dressed, beets 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 Orange Beet Salad below for an excellent example). Find more ideas and tasty recipes below.
Toss crisp escarole and sweet beets to create an easy, delicious salad perfect with warming fall and winter meals.
Roasting intensifies the sweetness of beets, making them the perfect foil for salty feta cheese in this easy, nutritious composed salad recipe.
Roasted beets and toasted hazelnuts make an earthy, nutty, very fall-like salad.
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.
Creamy, yummy whole milk ricotta is especially delicious with beets, but the skim version works okay too.
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).
Roasted beets and walnuts are turned into a delicious salad with just a drizzle of walnut oil and a sprinkle of salt.
Make this salad when you have a perfectly fresh bunch of beets with 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.
Grated roasted beets tossed in a garlicky yogurt dressing create a shocking pink color 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.