Beet Salad

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It's time we rescued beets from our childhood nightmares—when they were little better than bland wedges scooped out of a can. Roasted beets are delightful, sweet but very earthy and aromatic—great for a side salad.

 Beet Salad
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 1 3/4 hours

  • 2 pounds beets, (5-6 medium)

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or white-wine vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  1. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

  2. 8 servings, 1/2 cup each

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Divide beets between 2 pieces of foil; bring edges together and crimp to make packets. Roast until the beets are just tender when pierced with the point of a knife, about 1 1/4 hours. Unwrap the beets and let cool.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl to make dressing.

  5. When the beets are cool enough to handle, slip off the skins. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add celery, shallot and the dressing; toss to coat well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving
Saturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Dietary Fiber
Added Sugars
2 1/2 vegetable
1 1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
Folate (32% daily value).

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5 replies

amteser 2015-01-15 23:40:44 -0600 Report

This is a reply to ohneclue: Actually, studies have shown that all types of vinegar, not just apple cider vinegar, lower blood glucose when taken with, or immediately before, a meal. Not after your meal. and not a few hours before your meal. So, whatever kind of vinegar you like will be beneficial for your blood sugar if you consume it right before, or during, your meal.

Roger the Dodger
Roger the Dodger 2014-07-08 22:06:00 -0500 Report

THE best salad. I could eat it every day. But I use rice wine vinegar in place of balsamic. Keep it on hand as it can be as beneficial as apple cider vinegar (“it is said”). I’ve also used Vidalia onions in place of celery and shallots. Keep it simple and you’ll make it more often.

JPHolm 2013-10-03 16:49:32 -0500 Report

I will try this recipe for sure. I have some beets in my garden that need to come out this WE. My mom used to make a similar salad but she grated the beets and added minced garlic, omitting the honey.

ohneclue 2013-09-10 18:29:44 -0500 Report

If you are assuming adding vinegar to a recipe will lower blood sugar, don't. The only vinegar tested that lowered blood sugar was apple cider vinegar so there's no reason to recommend recipes with balsamic vinegar (3-4 times the sugar of ACV), sherry or rice wine vinegar and any other vinegar as having the same effect on blood sugar. Scientifically inaccurate. While I LOVE diced beets, when you use the wrong vinegar, don't expect any changes in blood sugar for the better.