Easy Beet Salad

I have, at this very moment, no less than 4 different salads in my refrigerator. They may not be assembled, but the ingredients are there, ready and waiting to be sliced, diced and ricocheted into my mouth.

If you have a good salad in your life, anything is possible.  No doubt you think I’m being dramatic, but I’m not.  I’m being very, very serious.

Salad has fibre which makes you poop.  Nothing is possible if you haven’t pooped for a week.  Nothing.  Eat a salad and you’ll be doing complex math equations while climbing Mt. Everest in a bikini (because your modelling contract stipulates you must never wear pants).

Now lettuce all on its own doesn’t have that much fibre. It’s everything else you put in the salad that does.  The salad I’m talking about today is a prime example of an “anything is possible” salad.

It’s full of fibre, colour, flavour and fun. I made up the “fun” part.  Fun is not an ingredient in this salad.  But it could be if you made it while tap dancing as someone tickles you.

Easy Beet Salad





There are many reasons to love this salad. First of all because it’s easy and second of all because it’s delicious. What more do you want in a salad? What more do you want in any food?  What more do you want in life?!

The dressing for this salad is one I keep in my refrigerator pretty much all the time because it tastes great on almost anything. Roasted red peppers for example. Or fingertips.


Roasted Beet Salad with Goat’s Cheese


2 roasted beets

Fresh baby greens

Beet greens

Goats cheese

Nuts of choice (I use regular or candied pecans)



1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil

1 Tablespoon dijon mustard

honey to taste (start with 1 Tablespoon and build from that)

salt & pepper




Cut tops off of the beets and wrap in 2 layers of tin foil.  Roast in 400 ºF (200 ºC) oven until tender.  In general, average sized beets take around 45 minutes)

Remove beets from oven and allow to cool enough to handle.  Wrap in a cloth or paper towel and slip skins off.

Refrigerate beets until cold.


Add vinegar to bowl.  Whisk in dijon mustard.  Slowly whisk in olive oil.  Add salt and pepper.  Add honey and whisk.  Taste.  Add more honey if desired.


Fill bowl with torn lettuce leaves.  Add sliced beets, as much crumbled goat’s cheese as you’d like and pecans.  Drizzle with dressing.




I have no idea why the instructions seem so long. Honestly all you do is throw a bunch of greens and cold beets into a bowl, throw in some goat’s cheese, pecans and add the dressing.  Don’t be intimidated by the 5 pages of instructions above.

It’s not a triple bypass.  It’s a salad.

And it’ll make you poop.


(disclaimer:  when you poop you’ll think you’re dying.  But you’re not.  You just ate beets.  Please don’t head to the ER.) 

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  1. Michelle says:

    by the way… the dressing goes really well tossed with mixed grilled veggies and grilled & sliced Italian sausages!

  2. Nicole says:

    Your last line made me laugh so hard that I’m pretty sure my coworkers know I’m not working right now…
    Then I had to forward your post to my dad, who had gone to the ER 20 years ago with that very condition.
    The doctors had quite a chuckle over it! As do his family evey time beets are served at family gatherings!

  3. Stacey says:

    I just made and devoured this salad. I had to use *gasp* canned beets because I didn’t think I liked them enough to grow them in my garden. It was still fabulous! I used cashews because it’s what I had laying around and literally ricocheted them into my mouth because I couldn’t stab them with my fork. Ate half a can of beets and am looking forward to the next 24 hours to see what colours my bowels will produce! It’s a must make!

  4. I make this very same salad, but I add naval orange segments to the salad and the juice to the dressing. It is absolutely the best and you are so right about the fact that you are not bleeding to death when you do poop. It’s just the red juice from the beets, no biggie!

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks. Made recipe as per directions. Perfection.

  6. Mel says:

    I do this with spinach and I add some dill into the dressing. Yummy!

  7. christine says:

    Just started a delivery program with a local farm, and there are lots of beets. This is great, thanks.

  8. Eva says:

    If you like beet salad then this variation is for you :)
    is healthy, easy and cool!
    (because the yogurt is good for you)

  9. Cynthia Jones says:

    Am not making things up. I could go into more detail, but the ONLY thing that stops me is that it would officially require starting a whole new Thread and I just know someone would object to the Titles I would come up with. Like “Pondering One’s Poop” and “The Foibles of Fibre”. I think I already went too far for some.

    I’ll just shut up now and go buy some beets, I might even plant some.

  10. Mindy says:

    My kids think beet poop is fantastic. And I think the fact that all three of my children eat beets is fantastic. This is one of my favorite salads. Tonight I made a similar one, but instead of beets, I used raw rhubarb. And the vinaigrette had orange juice and zest. Good stuff.

  11. Debbie says:

    Anything but beets! Let me rephrase that – I don’t care for beets. I do love goat cheese and make a salad with field greens, goat cheese, toasted sliced almonds and raisins. I use my homemade balsamic vinaigrette or just balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I could eat that every day. Wait a minute, during the summer, I do!

    • Karen says:

      Gasp. GASP! So beets are your brussells sprouts? Intersting. ~ karen

      • Debbie says:

        Yup, and I love Brussels sprouts!!! Roasted, with a mist of olive oil, salt, pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Mmmmm….

        As my father like to say, “That’s why there is chocolate and vanilla.” Our response was alway, “And strawberry!”

  12. LazySusan says:

    My mother’s opinion on most of life’s problems was that you probably just needed to eat some beets. Unfortunately, the only beets she ever had around were pickled ones, which she loved, and I’ve always disliked anything sour tasting, so the vinegar smell was a complete turn off. I’m willing to try them, now that I’m old enough that if it kills me, no one will think it’s a tragedy, and especially as I can now get my own beets that aren’t pickled in vinegar, but I’m going to have to find some other dressing than one based with vinegar. Do you have any suggestions of what else might go well with the salad as a dressing?

    • Karen says:

      Well, I’m not sure Lazy. I think it needs the touch of sweetness that the honey adds, so try one of your favourite dressings that has a slight sweetness to it. ~ karen!

  13. Cynthia Jones says:

    Chips also make you poop.

    The required amount to achieve the necessary amount of fibre is half a bag of the Kettles Crunchy Cut – Sea Salt.

    Just sayin.

  14. Becky says:

    It’s great to see no topic is taboo here! And you provide printable recipes formats. What more could a girl ask for? Oh yeah, a good salad and dressing recipe.

    I recently searched for a good balsamic vinaigrette recipe to have dressing to keep on hand, and yours looks like just the ticket. (I am trying to buy fewer and fewer “pre-made” foods these days.) While I didn’t get beets into the garden this spring, I have an abundance of swiss chard, which when sauteed/steamed is great with a bit of this type of dressing drizzled over it.

    Do you think this dressing would be good on shredded raw cabbage, as in a kind of marinated cole slaw? I am eating out of the garden this year, and trying to vary how I prepare my various green foods.

  15. TeePee says:

    Beets, bikinis and bowels….. but not boobs. Close to all needed references us guys need. LOL

  16. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Yum!..definitely a salad for me!

  17. jeannie B says:

    When the kids were young, we went down to the east coast on a camping trip. I pulled up lots and lots of fresh beets from the garden to take with us, and cooked them and the greens over a Coleman stove at our campsites for almost every supper. The kids, now grown up, still remember, the daily feast of beets from that long ago trip.

  18. Leslie says:

    Ohhhh. I LOVE beet salad. Raw beet salad is also yummy!

  19. Liz says:

    Lettuce turnip the beet! ;p

  20. Angie S says:

    My husband doesn’t like goat cheese. I really I had known this before we were married…

  21. Karol says:

    Ew, beets = gross. For me, they’re only good for a beautiful dye.

  22. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Being of Polish descent, how is it I didn’t know beets were so beneficial that way? I don’t eat them often as my fella doesn’t care for them. Roasted beets sound wonderful…and I love pink, lol.

    Like that fancy smancy gold flatware!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Melissa! I throw it in the dishwasher so it’ll probably be a mess by the fall, but for now it looks great, lol. ~ karen!

  23. cbblue says:

    Ok Karen, what would happen if a person were to eat beets and asparagus at the same meal? ER disaster no doubt. Love the chicken stories, my daughter has chickens and ducks and when I visit I tell them stories of their friends Up North.

    • Jan In Waterdown says:

      You took the word “asparagus” right outta my mouth! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly it works its way through one’s system. Never noticed the beet effect but the potential combination might be orange?

    • Karen says:

      Oh! Well then, let me think of something interesting to tell them. Um .. well, Cheez Whiz got a sore leg yesterday and was limping around but she seems to be O.K. today. Cuddles laid another egg without a shell and Walnut is still stupid. So there you go. ~ karen!

  24. Ruth says:

    I close my eyes, hold my nostrils and swallow beet juice when necessary, for my blood count’s sake, but…. Ain’t nobody getting me to eat beets. Not even for a million dollars (and that’s saying a lot when you’re not rolling in $$$$$$).

    Nevertheless… cute salad. :-D

  25. jainegayer says:

    I don’t like beets but that salad sure does look tasty. Maybe I could substitute something else for the beets.
    And I agree with Tigersmom, that silverware is beautiful!

  26. Lynne says:

    My co-worker recently shared a beet recipe with me – one I have now made several times.

    When you’re roasting the beets toss in a head of garlic and roast that as well. When done, squeeze the soft garlic pulp into a bowl, combine it with a generous helping of fresh lime juice and some olive oil. Whisk until emulsified and pour over the roasted beets. Serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

    My preference is for room temperature – making this something of a salad especially if you serve the beets over a plate of greens. The tartness of the lime along with the mellow garlic flavour are a wonderful complement to the sweet and earthy taste of roasted beets.

    • Lynne says:

      To add to the other dominant theme of the thread – I not only experience the red poop – I get pink pee from beets.

  27. Feral Turtle says:

    hmmmm this sounds yummy! I could use feta as I buy the big tubs from Costco. I wonder if I could substitute pickled beets?

  28. Diane Amick says:

    Karen, Know that most of us feel you are our “first thing in the morning friend” that we call just to start our day off with fun AND information. Thank you for being our friend.

  29. Tigersmom says:

    And where have you ben hiding that beautiful gold flatwear? Or is that a recent Christie’s purchase? I bet it looks lovely with the new hardware in your kitchen.

  30. Tigersmom says:

    I bought beets yesterday! Only now, I’m slightly afraid of them and plan to reduce the portion I actually eat in half.

    I’ve never experienced the above mentioned horrors, but DANG! Beets are suddenly scary.

  31. Su says:

    LOVE beets in all the many ways you can cook/eat them…. One way I judge whether a salad bar is worth it or not is determined by the presence of beets….

  32. Ann says:

    I too love beets salads. I make a very similar one but with a slightly tangy orange juice based dressing.

    The beets in my garden did very well this year. So much so that I think I have red beet intestinal distress!! Eating them almost every other day keeps my tummy gurgling all the time. But do I give them a rest? I do not.

  33. Dagmar says:

    Okay Dana, I know that I am a natural blonde, all the way down to the roots, and the carpet matches the curtains and all that- but I am usually pretty smart * usually*- is the key word. Please tell me that your five year old actually has a name and you’re just dragging the joke a titch too long from an earlier post?
    P.S. I could eat beets bay and night in almost any form, a polish staple.

  34. judy says:

    Karen- Do you follow VictoriaElizabethBarnes.com? I think you two are cousins or something-You both make me spit coffee on the laptop and yet you both are very informative and helpful with so many topics of interesting info. Thanks

    • TucsonPatty says:

      I just sent TAODS website to VEB, telling her that I thought they needed to read each other…same old house problems…I thought VEB would love to see Karen’s kitchen. Great minds think alike, yes?

  35. Auntiepatch says:

    I love beets but my husband can’t stand them! So, I eat them on my salad and don’t give him any. But I’ve never noticed red poop before.

  36. Mama Toto says:

    I’ve trimmed the 5 pages down to one 3″ x 5″ recipe card. I really get a kick out of doing that to recipes, by deleting the obvious, you know “Ingredients”, “assemble”, double spacing, font size and then sometimes I even make them! Looking forward to this one – I love beets.

  37. Niki Dee says:

    Beets beets the magical food, the more you eat the more… well you know. Thanks for the recipe for success!

  38. Meagen says:

    Years ago, my daughter (I think she was 17/18 or so) rang from work to ask if I could pick her up and take her to the doctor. I duly did. She hadn’t offered any info on why but when we were almost there, I asked. She said she’d noticed blood in her poop that morning and had been stressing about it. I didn’t go into fits of laughter but I did smile. Well, I think I did laugh a bit actually. I said her dad had the same problem – we’d had beets for dinner the previous evening. We stopped off at the doctor’s while she ran in to cancel the appointment! So, just reinforcing your Don’t go running off to the doctor note.

  39. dana says:

    My daughter, 5 & still unnamed, has beeturia. When she eats beets she pees bright pink. Tmi? The first time it happened I was scared that it was blood. Just a warning. We eat beets a lot. Its normal now to us. What do you think of the name Cheez Wiz?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana – I like the name Cheez Whiz but only if ya know, she’s boring. Because Cheez Whiz adds personality. I think it’s best to crack the bowling bag open a bit a maybe see what she looks like. I like literalism. So if she’s blonde for instance, call her Blondie. Good luck! ~ karen

  40. Patty Martin says:

    Yes! We eats lots of salads for dinner, nothing but salads. No salad recipes are always nice to have.

  41. I was starting to chew a nail over the 5 pages of instructions until you wrote the beet salad cliff notes. And the disclaimer at the bottom of this post… priceless. Laughing so hard.

    I’m growing the Cylindra beets this year, which just look like – oh, never mind.

  42. Lindsay H says:

    The first year we grew beets I feasted heartily one night. After my morning constitutional the next day, I looked at the bowl and thought “welp, I’ve had a good life”. I seriously thought my internal organs had liquified! But…I’m used to it now. LOl. No trips to the ER!

    I make a similar salad, but I throw in a bunch of horseradish. Delicious!

  43. Tiki Mama says:

    Dear Karen –Love your posts! You’re teasing us. If time–Recipes please for the other three salads. :) Thanks!

  44. TucsonPatty says:

    This looks delicious and the second recipe looks easier than the first, so I’ll try that one. Would putting hard boiled eggs on it ruin it? Yum!

  45. Call Me Patty says:

    Just ate my first roasted baby beets from the garden tonight. Yum Yum. Next time will try this beet salad. My day isn’t complete without at least one salad.

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