Beet Salad

Recipe Title Alternatives: Baby Beet Salad, Fresh Beet Salad, Feta and Beet Salad with Shallot and Orange Vinaigrette, Feta and Beet Salad…

I think you get the point.  “Beet Salad” just kinda sums it up.

Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

For four weeks straight, our CSA included a (deceptively) small brown bag full of baby beets.  Did I mention this was for four weeks straight?

Now, ordinarily, I would be excited at the opportunity to eat beets to my heart’s content.  But, this was a lot of beets.

Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Jordan and I can only eat so many.  Trust me, we’ve tried.

This leads me to my dilemma: Dustin and my mother-in-law, AKA “The Beet Haters.”

Not sure why exactly, but they both extremely dislike beets.  But, after the fourth bag of baby beets, they both agreed they would entertain the idea of eating some of the beets.  If I made them into something tasty.   No pressure, or anything.  Ugh.

Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

So, I figured I’d balance out the sweetness of the beets with some tangy, creamy feta cheese and a savory vinaigrette.

The result?  Well, they didn’t hate it.  In fact, they ate it without gagging, spitting, complaining or even grimacing.  Dustin even said, “I could see how someone who likes beets would really like this salad.”

Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Eh — I’ll take it!  I call that progress, my friends.

Beet Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I, personally, really enjoyed the salad.  But alas, there was still too much for just me to finish.  Woe is the life of the beet lover in the Baier household.

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A simple, but complex, fresh beet salad with roasted baby beets and a shallot and orange vinaigrette.
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Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 15 small (baby) beets
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh orange juice
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the baby beets, skin on, down on the baking sheet, with space surrounding each, if possible. Cover baking sheet with another sheet of aluminum foil. (You can bypass this step if you wish to individually wrap each beet, but this is kinda like wrapping them all together at once.  Much easier.)
  3. Bake beets in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all other ingredients (for the vinaigrette).  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Once beets are tender, remove from oven and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, gently peel off beet skin using a sharp paring knife.  Discard peel.
  6. Slice each beet in about ¼-inch slices. Arrange sliced beets on a plate. Drizzle desired amount of vinaigrette over the beets (you may not need to use it all). Sprinkle crumble feta over the plate.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

10 comments… add one

  1. Karen D. January 31, 2011, 8:38 am

    If you have a juicer, you can make my favorite juice from Whole Foods – carrot, apple, ginger, beet juice. Very tasty! The ginger makes it spicy. The carrot, apple and beet make it sweet.

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  2. NanaBread January 31, 2011, 10:35 am

    Well, I love beets and I think this salad looks fabulous. The combination of beets, orange and feta sounds amazing. Pickled beets on a good Greek salad with grilled haloumi cheese and balsamic vinagarette is one of my favorite salads. Mmmmmm… Thanks for posting one for the beet lovers, taking one for the team, boldly going where…you get the picture.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 31, 2011, 12:20 pm

      Oooh, I love pickled beets to on Greek salads. Yum! Always glad to help out the beet lovers :)

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  3. Charlotte January 31, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Yum! Def planning on making this soon!

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  4. Calli February 1, 2011, 11:31 am

    I have an amazing chocolate cake recipe that uses beets…no one ever knows there is anything but chocolate sugar and general cake goodness inside!

    I however love love beets and would eat them anyway i could. your salad looks divine…i have a few ladies id like to try this one out on. :)

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  5. Cathy McCleery April 16, 2014, 12:52 pm

    I make a beet salad that’s similar; but I add caramelized pecans and arugula. Very tasty!

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    1. Lacey Baier April 16, 2014, 1:39 pm

      Ooh, that sounds really good! I’ll have to give that a try next time :)

      Reply

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