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Appetizers and Sides
Apr
21
2019

Orange Beet Salad

Sharing my favorite beet salad today! My favorite way to eat beets….Orange Beet Salad. Could eat these all day! Still working on the boys, in the meantime I’ll be eating these all to myself!

beet salad

Beet Salad

Have you had beet salad?! When we lived in Newport Beach, CA there was an adorable little cafe right on Pacific Coast Highway that I walked to on a regular basis called Zinc Cafe. They had the most beautiful salads, healthy menu options and baked goods around. My favorite salad to order from them was their Orange Beet Salad. I will be the first to admit, I have not always liked beets. In fact, I just barely started eating them within the last year. I kind of thought they tasted like dirt. Soil. Too earthy. Not these! They are marinated in fresh orange juice, a little grated onion, vinegar and orange zest. Give it 24 hours to marry together and you’ve got the best healthy snack ever. Not kidding. You’ve got to try these for yourself. We just eat them right out of the bowl, but you can plate them over some lovely micro greens, goat cheese and pecans if you’d like.

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beet salad

Keep your eye out for these little boxes of refrigerated steamed, peeled beets in the produce section of your grocery store. Trader Joe’s sells them for a great price. I can also get them at my Fry’s Marketplace here in Mesa, AZ. You’ll also need 4 oranges, a small slice of red onion to grate, vinegar (not in picture), micro greens, goat cheese and pecans if you’d like to plate it as a salad.

What Do Beets Taste Like?

Beets tend to have an earthy taste. This taste is caused by microbes in the soil, providing the beets with a compound known as geosmin. Many people believe this is what gives the beet a dirt-like flavor.

beet salad

Here’s the beets when you take them out of the package. Beware, the red liquid stains everything. Be careful 🙂

What Are Beets?

Beets are known to be edible tap root plants that originated from North America. Its leaves were mostly used throughout the world but the root was just discovered by French chefs to have more medicinal and nutritious value.

This vegetable is commonly used in a salad but some people use it in pasta and noodles, tart, lemonade and cakes. You will discover that this vegetable is versatile and its flavor is appropriate for many recipes.

beet salad

Slice your beets into thin slices and place into a large mixing bowl.

How Do You Cook Beets?

  1. Roasting- It gives the beets some extra concentrated flavour while removing the earthy flavour and adding the sweet taste. In addition, if you like the potato texture then this is for you.
  2. Boiling- This is the quickest yet easiest method to use which leaves you an ideal subdued flavour making it ideal for use in the meat dishes. In addition, boiling will soften the beets making it easy to mash and use in smoothies, soups, purees and making cookie or cake dough.
  3. Steaming- This is the fastest method to cook beets with the best food steamer being mechanical steamer for the best results although, you can make use of other available steamers in your kitchen to achieve the desired results.

beet salad

Squeeze the juice of all 4 oranges into your bowl of beets.

beet salad

Add some orange zest and grated red onion to your bowl.

beet salad

Just a touch of vinegar, then stir, cover and refrigerate for about 24 hours to marinate! We just eat them right from the bowl once marinated but they are great over a green salad too!

beet salad

Try micro greens with your beets. Soooo good!

beet salad

I also added pinches of goat cheese and pecans. Enjoy!

beet salad

Orange Beet Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
refrigerate to marinate
1 d
Total Time
1 d 15 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beet salad, beet salad recipe, best salad recipe, best salad recipes, marinated beets
Servings: 6
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
Marinated Beets
  • 10-12 baby beats steamed and peeled (I get mine in the produce section of my grocery store. Trader Joe’s has them too)
  • 4 medium-large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon grated red onion
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest
Salad
  • 6 cups micro greens or other greens of choice
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Slice baby beets into 1/4 inch slices and place into a large mixing bowl. Add juice of oranges, red onion, vinegar and orange zest. Stir, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. To serve, eat right out of the bowl (what we dor enjoy with micro greens, goat cheese and pecans.
Nutrition Facts
Orange Beet Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 381IU8%
Vitamin C 57mg69%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    I love beets and goats cheese and the fact that this is marinated in zesty orange juice is a nice twist.

  2. 2

    I haven’t eaten a TON of beets in my life, but what I have eaten I have loved. And, I am totally obsessed with goat cheese so I think I am gonna love these! And that salad is just gorg! Pinned!

  3. 3
    marla says:

    Such a simple & perfectly healthy recipe!

  4. 4

    This would be a nice way to enjoy some beets!

  5. 5

    Those packaged beets are a HUGE time saver. Love the flavors here!

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    I love a good beet salad! Looks fab!

  7. 7

    Love this, Jenny! Definitely could use this after a weekend of Easter candy!

  8. 8

    I completely LOVE beets, so tho sis perfect for me- delicious!

  9. 9

    I don’t like beets but man, your photos make them look so good that I’ll definitely give it a try!!

  10. 10

    Jenny I LOVE beets! They’re so under-rated and under-used I think! I would love this salad – pinned!

  11. 11
    Gaby says:

    This sounds like the perfect combination!

  12. 12
    Liz says:

    I love beets. Thanks so much. Have a Wonderful Day!

  13. 13
    Naomi says:

    I love that place – and this salad, yep, a winner!

  14. 14

    I have to admit, beets aren’t my favorite thing. But this is so beautiful that I might just have to reconsider!

  15. 15

    Beautiful salad! I’m not huge on beets, but I think I could do this!!

  16. 16

    I’m still learning to love beets. Can’t wait to try this variation!

  17. 17
    bc in edmond says:

    what kind of vinegar do you recommend?

  18. 18
    Tieghan says:

    Not going to lie, I still have never had beets. I know, crazy! I have to try this though. Looks so good!

  19. 19

    Can you believe I’ve never eaten a beet?? I think I need to give this version a whirl 🙂

  20. 20

    I love beets, I can’t wait to start growing some again! That dressing sounds like it would be a sublime pairing.

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    Sharon says:

    I absolutely love beets – pickled, creamed, etc. Gotta try this recipe. Funny that so many folks either haven’t tried beets or don’t like them. Me – I’ve never tried goat cheese. This might be a good opportunity for me. Thanks for posting this one.

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