beet salad

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Beet Salad I first thought of this beet salad this summer. I loved the fresh taste and when I was contemplating condiments for our Christmas table, I thought it would go perfectly.

And I was right. It was just the thing to go with the rich tastes of our traditional Christmas dinner of roasted stuffed chicken (we always roast chicken rather than turkey…).

And it looked beautiful in the center of the table beside the bowls of sour cherry jelly salad and cranberry sauce too. (Did I think to take a picture? No. We were too busy preparing dinner, eating hors d’oeuvres and/or having fun.)

Here is what I did to make the salad:

Beet Salad
measurements are approximate – you’ll want to play with it

  • 1 large beet, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • cider vinegar
  • 1 apple, grated (I used ‘Golden Delicious’)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp toasted chili flakes, pestlemortared finely
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • hint of grainy mustard
  • 1 green onion, chopped finely
  • fresh parsley
  • olive oil, just enough to soften the taste


  1. Mixed it about 2 hours before dinner. It melds and is the same good (if not a bit better) the next day.
  2. Taste. Add more of whatever you think is missing, if necessary.

edit April 2012: Please note that our beet salad is always slightly different. The only constant is beets, onions and cider vinegar. Sometimes we add carrots, apples and/or pears if we have them. Sometimes we throw in a little ground clove or minced garlic. Thompson raisins are a very nice addition as well.

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  • Susan

    That does look beautiful and so festive. I’m a huge beet fan and I’ll bet this salad was delicious!

  • ejm

    It really is, Susan. I’m so pleased with myself for making it up (although I’m certain that others have made something just like it long before I did…).