Beet Salad with Feta Cheese and Citrus Balsamic Viniagrette

Colorful Crave-Worthy Salad

Have an aversion to beets? This is the salad that will make you crave them. Cooked beetroots lightly dressed with a tart citrus-balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro. It’s an everyday salad disguised as a date-night salad.

Mexican Beet Salad with Bottle of Citrus Vinaigrette

A beautiful salad in the colors of the Mexican flag, green, white, and red. If you have never prepared beets before it is far simpler than you may think.

Beet Salad Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

How to Make

First, gather your ingredients.

Ingredients to Make Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

You will need:

For the Salad

  • 4 medium beets
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

For the Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic

Preparing the Beets

  • Cut the tops off the beets and discard the tops.
Beet on Cutting Board with Top Cut Off
  • Place the beets in a large pot and cover with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and cook for 45 minutes.
Beets Cooking in Pot
  • Set the beets aside and allow to cool.
Beets in Stainless Bowl
  • Peel the beets once they are cool to the touch.
Peeling Beets
  • Cut the beets into 1″ pieces.
Beet Cut in Pieces on Cutting Board

Making the Vinaigrette

Make the vinaigrette while the beets are cooking. This gives the flavors of the dressing time to blend.

  • In a small mixing bowl add the orange juice, lime juice, balsamic, vinegar, honey, and dijon mustard.
  • Whisk the ingredients briskly while slowly pouring in the olive oil.
  • Whisk vigorously until the ingredients have combined.
  • Add the chopped garlic and salt. Whisk in incorporate.
  • Set Aside.
Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette in Stainless Mixing Bowl

Serving the Salad

  • Divide the beets into 4 small salad bowls.
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  • Lightly dress with vinaigrette. (Shake well before dressing.)
  • Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.
Mexican Beet Salad

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Beet Salad with Feta Cheese and Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Crave-worthy beet salad with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette topped with crumbled feta cheese and cilantro. Thought you didn't like beets? It will totally change your mind. It's a delicious, easy healthy salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beets, citrus dressing, feta cheese, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 168kcal
Author Andrés carnalla

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4 medium beets
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic

Instructions

Beets

  • Cut the tops off the beets. Place the beets in a large pot and cover with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Set the beets aside and allow to cool.
  • Peel the beets once they are cool to the touch.
  • Cut the beets into 1″ pieces.

Vinaigrette

  • In a small mixing bowl add the orange juice, lime juice, balsamic, vinager, honey, and dijon mustard.
  • Whisk the ingredients briskly while slowly pouring in the olive oil.
  • Whisk vigorously until the ingredients have combined.
  • Add the chopped garlic and salt. Whisk in incorporate.
  • Set Aside.

Serving

  • Divide the beets in 4 small salad bowls.
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
  • Lightly dress with vinaigrette.
  • Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.

Notes

Subsitutions
  • You can substitute goat cheese or ranchero cheese for the feta cheese. The goat cheese will give the salad a sharper taste and the ranchero cheese will give it a milder taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 368mg | Sugar: 18g

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7 comments… add one
  • I already love beets, so this looks perfect!

  • Sam

    Very simple but delicious! Your photos are beautiful and helped follow the recipe. I absolutely loved the dressing I’ll be using that for other salads too, thanks for sharing!

  • Burt

    You need to be careful not to overcook beets as they are pain to peel otherwise. There must a trick on peeling beets that I’m missing. My dressing wasn’t quite perfect. You need to measure everything out better I guess. Very good overall. My first time cooking beets although I love them. Thank you.

  • Kelly

    Emailing this beet salad recipe to myself

  • Jessica Watson

    Made it over the 4th of july and it was definitely delicious! Thank you so much!

  • Cassandra Pope

    Delish!

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