Dirt to Table Experience: Fresh Beet Salad

Okay, don’t say “Ewww beets!” I know that beets are a love them or hate them vegetable.  I have a strong opinion about those who dislike beets, but have only experienced beets from a can or a jar.  You cannot officially say you don’t like beets until you have done two things:

You have eaten them prepared fresh 

You have taken fresh beets and have roasted them in the oven

If after both these attempts have been made, and you still don’t like beets, then you can say “Ewww beets!”  I doubt you will.

Fresh Beet Salad
Serves 4

5-6 fresh medium beets
Small onion thinly sliced
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ( red or white)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh mix of salad greens
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place beets in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring beets to a boil and simmer until tender about 25-30 minutes.

Remove beets from the heat. Drain.  Cool.  Peel the beets and slice or cut into wedges.

Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

Arrange greens on a platter.  Place beets on top of greens, followed by thinly sliced onion and chopped parsley.

Pour vinaigrette over salad.  Serve.


42 thoughts on “Dirt to Table Experience: Fresh Beet Salad

  1. I love fresh beet & I think your salad looks amazing. We just cleaned out our garden boxes today. I've never thought of growing beets, but I think it's a great idea!


  2. Beets are just so beautiful. And I will save this because I make them for my husband. As for me – I've tried them every which way and have surrendered to the fact that I merely like to look at them!


  3. I'm so glad that beets are making a comeback. They are delicious!Now I need to figure a way to send you some of my goats milk feta for that lovely salad. Hmmm… 😉


  4. You are doing so well with all your garden veggies. Good for you!! I've never tried beets, but I've been wanting to just because they always look so pretty. Gorgeous salad!


  5. I have to say I agree with you, Velva. Hailing from Michigan, land of the sugarbeet and from Polish/German roots, I should like beets by default. But I hated them, thought they tasted like mud. Until…I got my first Florida CSA a few years ago and they included baby, farm fresh beets. I roasted them, they caramelized, served them up with artisanal goat cheese and tossed them in a salad….now I LOVE BEETS! Even though your salad looks divine, I still think I have to cook them to like them!


  6. Well, I won't say eww. But I WILL say that I'm very iffy about beets and have liked them in certain dishes but hated them in others. THis salad is certainly worth a try!


  7. I would NEVER say that about beets! We love them around here. Especially roasted. Must admit I prefer them roasted to boiled. Your salad looks fabulous, Velva.


  8. Hi lovely lady.I love fresh beets so good for you also. your salad looks so fresh and Tasty!!! I love coming over to see you sweet lady.I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Valentine's Day Tablescape so sweet of you.I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.XXOO Diane


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