Beet Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill

Try this Beet Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill: it’s an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual dinner sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

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Beet Salad Recipe

Full disclosure: I’ve never been much of a fan of beets (what a way to start a post about a beet salad, right?!). While I don’t dislike them, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth and I know their earthy flavor can be divisive. Interestingly, if they’re part of a salad, I tend to leave them in because I’m ok with a bit of that earthy flavor seeping into my dressing. Weirdo.

All that to say, lately I’ve been working on expanding my palate and giving beets another chance (all we are saying, is give BEETS a chance!). I roasted them up with some other root veggies and chicken one night and they weren’t bad at all. Another night I ate them along side some of my amazing 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Chops (which I highly recommend!) and didn’t hate them. In fact, they inspired this salad that I’m sharing today.

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During that second dinner, my Feta-obsessed mom made a comment in passing that she wished she had some feta to put over the beets she had served. Naturally, the wheels started turning, as they always seem to when I’m eating. So I got to work on a recipe for beet salad with feta.

I knew I wanted some really thinly sliced red onions for crunch and flavor. Feta cheese was obviously a must! I felt vinegar might be a bit much in terms of dressing so I opted for olive oil and lemon juice for brightness. And I couldn’t resist chopping some fresh dill and throwing it in because I can never seem to get enough dill in my life. The result was a crazy delicious and easy-to-make cold beet salad.

Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

Tips for making a Roasted Beet Salad

  • Roasting the beets is a breeze. Wash them well, remove the top and bottom, drizzle with a little EVOO and wrap tightly in foil before popping them into the oven.
  • When handling the beets, I highly recommend using gloves when working with them if you don’t want to end up with pink hands (and it just-so-happens that we have a fabulous box of gloves that J grabbed when he was pillaging our hospital room after T was born! More on that here.).
  • It’s super easy to peel the beets using your hands or a knife.
  • I’d encourage you to hold off on adding the feta cheese until just before serving. If you do it earlier, it’ll still taste the same, but the beet juices will turn the feta purple, so you won’t get the pretty contrast of the white against the purple beets.
  • Serve this at any dinner party or as a tasty alternative option to the usual suspects on your Thanksgiving table!

Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

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Try this Beet Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Try this Beet Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual dinner sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beet salad recipe
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 6-7 medium-large beets, cleaned well with stems and bottoms cut off
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lay out a piece of foil for each beet.

  2. Place each beet onto a piece of foil. Drizzle a small amount of oil into it and wrap each beet tightly so that the steam stays in the packet.

  3. Roast for around 1 hour- check them for doneness (they should be fork tender) and if need be, bake for longer (mine took around 1 hours and 15 minutes).

  4. When the beets are done, refrigerate until they've cooled completely.

  5. Once cool, peel off the skins (they should peel off really easily with your fingers or a knife, if you'd prefer) and cut into bite-size wedges.

  6. Drizzle with a little oil and the juice of 1 lemon and toss with onion, dill, salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, top with crumbled Feta cheese to taste.

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Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!
Try this Beet Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill: it's an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual dinner sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    October 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm Love the sound of this salad and the color is great! Stephanie@ApplesforCJ recently posted...Garlic Lovers Dill Pickle PizzaMy Profile
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      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm Thank you- gotta love eating the rainbow!
  • Reply
    Klauss
    October 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm Lovely ingredients combination! Looks very appetizing! Klauss recently posted...Recipes of seasonal soupsMy Profile
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm Thank you!
  • Reply
    Sarah
    October 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm Always looking for new ways to prepare beets!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm I hope you enjoy it!
  • Reply
    Aish Padihari
    October 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm I have to teach myself to take a liking to beets. The only way I can eat beets is.., in the form of cutlets. Lovely pics.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm Thank you :) I'm working on that right now too!
  • Reply
    Audrey
    October 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm Looks and sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:57 pm Thank you! :)
  • Reply
    laura@motherwouldknow
    October 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm This sounds like a wonderful use for roasted beets. I'm partial to beets and oranges mixed in salad, but with feta and dill, I could easily learn to switch allegiance. laura@motherwouldknow recently posted...Halloween Pomegranate NegroniMy Profile
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      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm thank you- wow, oranges sound like a delicious addition. Good idea!
  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    October 29, 2016 at 4:51 am We just had beets last night with dinner. This recipe, with the feta & onion looks super good!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm Thank you- they do pair nicely with a variety of fall entrees!
  • Reply
    Diana
    October 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm Such an interesting salad! I love beets especially knowing its health benefits but I don't think that I eat enough of it.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm Thank you! I'm all for the health benefits and !'m definitely working on eating more of them.
  • Reply
    Liz Smith
    October 31, 2016 at 5:42 am Really great recipe! I love beets. I came across your post on Foodyub, I also wanted to let you know about our platform, Neeach.com, which also has opportunities for bloggers like yourself to gain exposure by reposting your blogs and connecting with other bloggers and foodies. Would be great to see you over there!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm Thank you- I'll have to go heck it out!
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    CJ @ Morsels of Life
    November 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm This salad looks wonderful! Moms always have the best ideas, and I bet that feta added some great flavor. :) CJ @ Morsels of Life recently posted...Caramelized Onion Squash GaletteMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm Thank you- I agree. Mom's totally have the best ideas! I only hope my daughters eventually feel the same way :)
  • Reply
    Erlene Amat
    November 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm I'm not a beet lover either, but will eat almost anything with feta. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned. Erlene Amat recently posted...Fall Party Favors – Copper Washi Tape Geometric Pumpkin JarsMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 8, 2016 at 10:40 am I feel the same way about Feta!
  • Reply
    Kristin
    November 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm Can you place each foil wrapped beet in a baking dish to keep them together?
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm Yes- that's what I did to make life a bit easier. Enjoy! :)
  • Reply
    joni
    November 24, 2016 at 12:09 am This sounds amazing! Can I do steps 1-4 the night before?
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 24, 2016 at 8:01 am Thank you, Joni! You definitely can. You could even go further the night before. The only thing I'd definitely wait on is the feta, and that's more for presentation purposes than anything else. Enjoy and happy thanksgiving!
  • Reply
    Billy
    November 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm I love beet salads. This one looks particularly good! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love that you used dill in it as well. Can't wait to try this one at home!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm Thank you- Dill is definitely one of my favorite herbs!
  • Reply
    Cj
    January 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm My husband and I go to a Greek diner that serves a delicious Greek beet salad. Today I was hoping to recreate it at home! I roasted, peeled and cut my beets and used red wine vinegar, olive oil, thinly sliced red onions, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Pretty close to yours. And Really close to our favorite diners recipie!!! I do think I’m going to throw some get on there, and try the lemon next time .....thanx for that!!! Now that I’ve made it, I think I’ll be making beets more often!
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      Jessy
      January 21, 2018 at 10:56 pm That sounds fantastic (my husband and I are major diner people! It's kind of our thing!). Your diner's version also sounds fantastic!

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