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.
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.
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.
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.
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.