Rating: 5 stars
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

You can use red or golden beets.

Recipe by Cooking Light March 2013


Credit: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Wrap beets in parchment paper. Microwave at HIGH until tender (about 7 minutes). Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1-inch pieces.

  • Combine shallots and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add beets; toss gently to coat.

  • Variation 1

  • Blood Orange Salad: Prepare base recipe through step Section 1 blood orange over a bowl; squeeze to juice. Place sections in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons toasted walnut oil, 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to juice; stir. Add beets, 2 cups greens, and orange sections; toss. Top with 1/3 cup chopped unsalted, dry-roasted pistachios and 2 tablespoons goat cheese.

  • Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

  • Calories 229; Fat 3g (sat 7g); Sodium 247mg

  • Variation 2

  • Couscous, Mint, and Almond: Prepare base recipe through step 1 with 1 pound beets. Bring 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water to a boil. Add 1/3 cup couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Combine 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beets and couscous. Top with 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 3 tablespoons mint. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) Calories 201; Fat 9g (sat 2g); Sodium 254mg

  • Variation 3

  • Toasted Spices: Prepare base recipe through step Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, and 1 diced carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Add beets. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cilantro. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) Calories 147; Fat 3g (sat 1g); Sodium 218mg

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; fat 3.7g; saturated fat 0.5g; mono fat 2.5g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 17.6g; fiber 5g; iron 1.5mg; sodium 253mg; calcium 30mg.