Beet Salad: from side dish to main course

Last Updated on August 18, 2022

Use this beet salad as a side dish or, with the addition of more ingredients, serve it as a main course vegetarian salad. Enjoy!  

I will present you with 3 versions of beet salad: the basic expanded and the main course.

The basic and expanded version of salad goes well with mashed potato, polenta, couscous, or buckwheat kasha. Adding  boiled potatoes, cabbage and beans will make the salad more hearty and will be suitable for serving as a main dish.

I like to make beet salad often. Beets are not only tasty, but also packed with magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, folate, and fiber.

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You can use boiled or roasted beets for this recipe. I prefer roasted beets because they punch more flavor. Be aware that it takes time to roast beets  which will vary depending on the size of the beet. You can roast beetroot ahead of time and keep in the fridge unpeeled for 1-2 days before making the salad.

For the followed recipes I assumed that beets are already cooked.

BEET SALAD (basic version)

Servings:2
Use As:Side dish
Ready In:15 min (if beets are cooked)
Good For:Dinner

Ingredients

beet salad ingredients
  • 1 large or 2-3 small boiled or roasted beets, peeled and diced
  • 1/6 of medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 baby dill pickles, finely diced
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh dill and Italian parsley, chopped
  • salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of walnut pieces (optional)

How to roast beets

1. Wash beetroots well in cold water and dry with paper towel.

2. Place whole (not sliced) beets in oven safe glass dish lightly coated with cooking spray in preheated to 390 degree F oven.

3. Roast until tender (you should be able to pierce beets with a fork). The roasting might take one hour or more.

4. Let beets cool off and then peel the skin. It should slip off easily.

Your beets are ready for consumption!

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Place all diced and chopped ingredients into a bowl.
  2.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add olive oil and mix all ingredients together.
basic beet salad

Basic beet salad

BEET SALAD (expanded version)

beet salad ingredients - expanded version

All ingredients for expanded beet salad version

Add to the basic version the next ingredients:

  • 1 large boiled or roasted carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of pickled or marinated capers
  • 1 green onion, sliced
beet salad - expanded version

Adjust seasoning and amount of oil if needed. Mix well.

beet salad - version with added carrots

Beet salad: expanded version

BEET SALAD (main course)

Servings2
Ready In20 min (if vegetables are cooked)
Good ForLunch
Use AsMain dish

Ingredients

beet salad ingredients - main dish
  • 1 large or 2-3 small boiled or roasted beets, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 of medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large boiled or roasted carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium boiled potatoes (red potato is preferable) peeled and diced
  • a wedge of green cabbage, finely shredded, lightly salted and squeezed with the hand to make cabbage somewhat juicy 
  • 3-4 tablespoons of black or pinto beans (if you use canned beans – place them in the strainer and rinse in running water)
  • 1 tablespoon of pickled or marinated capers
  • 1-2  green onions, sliced
  • 4-6 baby dill pickles, finely diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of walnut pieces (optional)
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh dill and Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • a few arugula and baby romaine lettuce leaves (optional)
beet salad main course

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Place all diced and chopped ingredients into a bowl.
  2.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add olive oil and mix all ingredients together.
  4. Serve on the bed of baby lettuce and arugula mix.
beet salad

Beet salad: main course

I hope you will enjoy these beet recipes. You might even get inspired to add some of your favorite ingredients into the mix.

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