Roasted Beet Salad

by Kiran on January 31, 2012 · 81 comments

in Salads, Sides

Can someone please explain how is it possible that it’s already January the 31st of 2012? I mean, it’s practically mind-boggling, no? It almost feels like we are living in a time warp or something — where time seems to escape like a bullet train each day.

Since February 14th is approaching fast as well, my suggestion is to make this salad. Not only its very color appropriate — it’s extremely tasty, fresh and simple to make.

So long you promise not to jut out your tongue after eating it 😉

Anyways, I have another complain — ok, I am a complain pot but I can’t help it.

There’s an epidemic in the supermarkets. I hate it whenever the produce display is always so wet. There’s water sprinkler everywhere!! Am I wrong to believe that spraying water would make it more susceptible to rot? It’s ok to keep it a little moist, but why soak it?

But it never hurts to ask! I needed some fresh and dry bunch of beets (not soaked in water madness!) and thank god they had some in a box, un-assembled. I can still recall that guys’ facial expression. He did asked why I demanded for such request. And I told him about my aversions to wet produce.

Some people hate veggies — well, I hate veggies that are soaked in puddles! Win-win, eh? 😉

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Inspired by – Vegetarian Bible, from the earth to the table


  • 3 – 4 medium beets
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 tbsp lime/lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 345F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. If using fresh beets, carefully remove roots & stalk from beets without cutting into the skin.
  3. Gently rub beets under cold running water without splitting skins, to remove any dirt.
  4. Pat dry beets with paper towels. Place on the foil and gently coat beets with 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Wrap foil to cover beets completely and roast between 30 – 45 minutes (depending on the size of beets).
  5. In a bowl, add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and coarse sea salt. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Remove beets from oven to cool enough to handle, then peel away the skins.
  7. Chop beets to bite size and add it in the dressing bowl to coat.
  8. Cover to chill for at least an hour before devouring 😉


I am off to sulk at wet produce, and hopefully there would be better resort to preserving vegetables than dumping boat-load of water on it!!! Ewww!!!

What are your plans for February? I am sure its more exciting than my complains 😉


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1 Juliana January 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I love beets, but still yet have to try with mint…looks delicious. Beautiful pictures Kiran!
Have a great week 🙂

2 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Thanks sweetie 🙂

3 Harsha January 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The 2nd capture is truly classy, Kiran! 🙂 I don’t love beets as much, but I guess a Salad would taste good. Will try making 🙂

4 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Thanks sweetie — do let me know how it tastes 🙂

5 Sunil Deepak January 31, 2012 at 2:29 PM

It does look great and the colours are wonderful. I am not a fan of beets but just looking at the pics I would like to taste a bite of it!
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6 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Thanks sir — beets can be made delicious with different ingredients 🙂

7 kankana January 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

if only I could convince the husband to enjoy beetroot! This salad looks delicious and healthy.
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8 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Thanks sweetie — I wish the same here too 😉

9 Simply Life January 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I love eating beets when other people prepare them but can’t seem to do it without getting EVERYTHING red!
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10 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:06 AM

The key is to roast it, whole — peeling and cubing thereafter would lessen the mess or “coloration”. Gloves makes it easier, all the time 😀

11 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Oh I love beets Kiran! This is just wonderful…. I used to make beet salad from scratch, but nowadays I have to admit I’m cheating and using Trader Joe’s ready-to-use beets. =P Still, I’m in love with beets. Your roasted beet salad totally hit my spot. LOVE IT! I can eat crazy amount of it if you let me…. 😉
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12 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I am so glad you love beets! It’s truly an amazing root vegetable 🙂

13 Asmita January 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Love beets and often juice them with celery, cucumbers, carrots and ginger. This salad is something we would love to eat. Will have to make it for hubby.
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14 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Thanks sweetie — I love beets in juice as well. Let me know if the hubby loved eating this salad 🙂

15 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

ha I wonder why they are watering them? To make them glisten or something as strange? Yes I can’t believe it is the end of January already! 😮
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16 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I really don’t know! It’s mind boggling 😀

17 Culinarystorm February 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

That looks lovely! The colours are so pretty.
And I TOTALLY get your wet produce aversion! 🙂

18 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments, sweetie 🙂

19 Khushboo February 1, 2012 at 3:15 AM

I love beets, especially in juices! Although beetroot juice has serious repercussions for the color of your pee if you know what I mean ;)!
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20 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Hahaha! Pee and the “other”, if you know what I mean 😀

21 Meenakshi February 1, 2012 at 3:31 AM

I know what you mean…one month has already flown by! You take such beautiful photos. I love beets, and love them in salads and as sides. This recipe is so simple, yet so flavoursome! I have steamed beets and then dressed them for a salad, but never roasted. Should try this one out.
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22 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Thanks sweetie — roasting brings out the natural sweetness of beets. Mmmm… Yummy 🙂

23 chinmayie @ love food eat February 1, 2012 at 3:48 AM

I can’t believe it’s Feb already!! I am still recovering from Jan really. There is tons of exiting things happening but all work related. I think I have had my dose of party and fun in December and Jan which is good 🙂
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24 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Great to hear so many good and positive things happening in your life 🙂

BTW, just to inform you — your site seems down to me. Unable to load.

25 Julie M. February 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM

What a beautiful salad Kiran! I love that you’ve made something healthy for Valentines day; a pleasant change from all the sweets people put up. I’m with you; soaked veggies are for the birds!
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26 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Thanks sweetie — laughed way too much and snorted on your comment about birds 😀

27 Nava Krishnan February 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Beets are so healthy and its part of my diet though my hubby does not fancy it at all. I will love to try out this simple beet salad either by it own or to fill up my tummy further, a small bowl of rice to go with it.

28 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Try juicing with beets — it’s totally delish and I bet your hubby would love it too. Just don’t tell him until he’d tastes 🙂

29 Ina gawne February 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I adore roasted beets, and use them in a number of salads – so delicious. Love your pictures too!
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30 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Thanks sweetie — so glad you love roasted beets. It’s like a candy 🙂

31 nancy at good food matters February 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

You are right—January has vanished, just like that! Time moves so quickly–although I never mind that in the winter. Your beets look beautiful. I’ve never seasoned mine with fresh mint, and I think that’s a great idea. Stay dry in the produce department!
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32 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Thanks dear — can’t agree more about winter 😉

33 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I am a beet fan…this is a simple but very pleasant and delicious salad.
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34 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Thanks sweetie 🙂

35 Cass @foodmyfriend February 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I know! Febuary. What the?! Theres so much work to do this year and it’s going too quickly! I love roasted beetroot, a little bit of goats cheese and I’m in food heaven 🙂
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36 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Thanks sweetie — I need to try this with goats cheese 🙂

37 February 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I love beet salad! This looks yummy, fresh! recently posted..Heart "Imprint" Cookies

38 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Thanks dear 🙂

39 Rebecca February 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

love this salad and I am with u on the wet produce hate it
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40 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Thanks sweetie 🙂

41 Maureen February 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I love roasted beet salad and I have several recipes. This looks fantastic! One more to add to my list of faves.
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42 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Thanks love 🙂

43 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 2, 2012 at 5:12 AM

time is a bomb these days, I agree…
I dont like wet veggies either. I hate it when they r full of cow shit too!!!
Tell that my veggie seller… at least we get fresh veggies in a market.
Beet salad… hmm… sounds ultra healthy and it is!
but I am not a beet fan except if I add them to an ABC juice.
abc juice is coming up next week on my blog and I ll link for sure over Kiran.
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44 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Thanks sweetie — wow, veggies filled with cow’s s**t? Must be a helluva clean up process.

45 Ira Rodrigues February 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

i could eat beat everyday and i never gets bored. sometimes i made beet salad mix with olives. in bali, beets such jewel, they sell per 2pc and wrap in plastic cling, goosshh…the price is just such a pain

* btw, win win eh.. lol
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46 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Thanks dear — beets are way too expensive in my home country (Malaysia) as well. Here in the USA, it’s quite reasonable.

47 Raks February 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Glad that I found your site, cant wait to browse through! Lovely space and nice salad recipe with the beets!
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48 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂

49 Hannah February 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Beets are so wonderful and the simpler the preparation, the better! Sounds like a real winner you made here. I’ve gotta stock up on plenty of beets now and follow your lead!
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50 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Thanks sweetie — let me know how it tastes 🙂

51 Vijitha February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Yeah right. Its feb so soon. I have been planning to get started with few things in Jan and now I am behind my schedules. I think by the time I realize that I need to lift my butt and get started to finish my to-do list it will be 2013 🙁

Those beets look so delicious. I used to hate them as a child but now I eat them for the goodness it has got.
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52 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Try juicing with beets — it’s delish!

And yeah, time escapes without any warning. Your comment had me laughing out loud 😀

53 Jennifer (Delicieux) February 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I love roasted beets and the combination of lemon and mint sounds fabulous! I will have to try this as I usually roast beets the same way each time I make them.

And I’m with you, I don’t want soaking wet produce. I don’t think it would be good for the food either.
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54 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Thanks sweetie — try this recipe and let me know how it tastes 🙂

55 carolinaheartstrings February 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I love beets. I am trying this weekend. It looks fantastic!

56 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Thanks dear — let me know how it tastes 🙂

57 balvinder ( Neetu) February 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I do roasted beet salad once in a while because except me no one else like it.
After this fabulous beet salad how about having a treat. Hop on to my blog I have a sweet surprise for you.
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58 Kiran February 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Thanks sweetie — hopping over!!!

59 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Beets are my all time favourite!!! I can eat them just like that. Never tried it with mint but it sounds great just because it’s beets 😀
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60 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Thanks sweetie — beets are so versatile it’s great to experiment with new flavors 😀

61 Deeps @ Naughty Curry February 3, 2012 at 1:51 AM

yeah, even i dont und how time flies! this looks so interesting… i like anything roasted, it enhances the flavours tenfolds.
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62 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Thanks sweetie 🙂

63 Hotly Spiced February 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I once reached my hand out for some produce when the jets started. They made such a noise I got the fright of my life. Shopping can be so risky! I love the look of your non-soggy beets. Beetroot salad is one of my most favouite salads. I love not only the taste but the colour it brings to the plate. Great with lamb.
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64 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 12:27 AM

The jet’s are seriously so annoying!!!

Thanks for the compliments, sweetie 🙂

65 Katherine Martinelli February 4, 2012 at 5:49 AM

I love roasted beets and these look perfect! That is indeed annoying about the supermarkets :-/

66 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Thanks dear 🙂

67 Kristi Rimkus February 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I never thought about it, but now that you mention it, I would agree that it would seem to make some vegetables more likely to rot. I love beets and would never have thought to pair them with mint. Lovely!
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68 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Thanks sweetie — the wet veggies truly drive me nutso 😀

69 Magic of Spice February 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You are so funny, I am imagining the look on that guys face 🙂 It is a bit silly that some markets do that. I adore roasted beets and love these gorgeous photos!
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70 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Magic of Spice,
Hahaha! Thanks sweetie 🙂 He had a disgruntled and surprised look on his face.

I can’t help it.

71 Charles February 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Ha, well consider yourself lucky that you’re able to get “raw” beets. All the ones I see in France are pre-cooked. Either pre-cooked and pre-packaged, or just pre-cooked en-masse and dumped into a large styrofoam box and shipped off to the market. Do they think they’re being helpful or something? Considering you can eat the stuff raw there’s just no need to pre-cook the things… Means I’m never able to make roasted beetroot anything :'(

72 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Wish it was easy to send some fresh beets your way 🙁

73 Sophie February 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This is a really classic Belgian roasted beet salad!

But I love it so much! 🙂
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74 Kiran February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Thanks sweetie — I’ve never heard of Belgian roasted beets before. Off to google it 🙂

75 *Just Fran* February 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I agree!! Wet produce is awful. I think it is a conspiracy to make it rot as soon as we bring it home so that we have to buy more.

The beet salad looks interesting. I love beets, but am not so much a fan of mint. Would other herbs sub well in the recipe?
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76 Kiran February 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting 🙂

You could easily sub any herbs in this recipe. Basil would tastes so good 🙂

77 *Just Fran* February 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

You read my mind! I was thinking basil would be great. Thanks for the reply!
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78 Kiran February 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Dear Fran — best minds, think alike 😉

79 Trish January 28, 2015 at 1:03 AM

Stunning photos. Great recipe; I didn’t change a thing! Thanks for posting.

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