Recipe of the Week (Part Two): Beet Salad

Yesterday I blogged about Beet Popsicles, and promised a follow-up recipe for those boiled beets. So here it is: the French classic Beet Salad, a staple in French homes and schools. Beets are excellent sources of iron and phytonutrients (and may also contain nitrites, so go easy on beets with toddlers and younger).

4 to 6 boiled beets
fresh parsley (I prefer flat rather than curly)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp wine vinegar (white vinegar works too, but you might want to use a little less)
1 tsp honey or maple syrup

Take 4 to 6 boiled beets and remove skins (they’ll simply peel off like a banana peel). Dice into bite-sized cubes. Fine-chop the parsley, and sprinkle on top.

In a separate, small bowl, mix together olive oil, vinegar, and honey (or maple syrup). Drizzle on top. Serves well cold or at room temperature. Keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.

False Alarm Tip: Eating beets may cause pee (and even poo) to turn pinky-red, which may actually incite some kids to eat them!

9 thoughts on “Recipe of the Week (Part Two): Beet Salad

  1. We LOVE this salad!!! I make a huge batch that last for days probably 3 or 4 times a month. I’ve made variations too, that the kids LOVE. Instead of vinegar i use lemon juice and omit the honey. I also add feta cubes. So easy, so yummy and so loved by everyone who tries.

    Thank you so much for this.


  2. This sounds wonderful! Do you have any similar recipes with carrots for carrot salad? As a caregiver, I’m looking forward to buying your new cookbook when it comes out! Thanks so much!


  3. This is a great recipe! I have a different way of preparing beets though – I bake them. I find that their flavours concentrate more. I pop them – washed but unpeeled – into the oven for 40 minutes at 435 F and get busy doing other things in the kitchen.

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  4. You’ve got me so inspired- thank you! Asparagus obviously has a similar side-effect which got my son excited to try them!


  5. Simply amazing! I am excited to make beet salad to enjoy with my family. I would love to see pictures of the wonderful recipes you post. I’d like to pin them! 🙂


  6. So inspiring! I love the fact that you’re viewing eating habits as a skill to be learned (“have not learned to eat a variety of foods yet” is a great way to phrase it!). Good luck, and would love to hear how it goes. And remember….it takes time, and the first few weeks/months are the hardest. Persistence pays off!


  7. Hi Karen, I love your new book and it’s come at a time when I recognized our poor eating habits and wanted to change. Yes, I was preparing 2 meals, and yes, my 2 kids are very picky eaters… oops, I mean have not learned to eat a variety of foods yet!! Thank you for al your advise, it’s given me a lot of strength. I think I’ll try that beet salad tonight! Bon appetit!


  8. Pingback: Top Tips for Picky Eaters, from “French Kids Eat Everything” | Karen Le Billon

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