Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

Roasted Beet, Apple, Walnut Salad

This Roasted Beet and Apple Salad is a favourite at our house. Sweet earthy beets, tart apples, bitter walnuts, lemon,  and apple cider vinegar combine all the flavour elements and some nice crunch in this delicious dish. We love this salad all year. But it’s especially welcome during the fall and winter months because apples are newly harvested and the heartier flavour of beets and walnuts make it so satisfying.

Two wooden salad bowls with roasted beet, apple & walnut salad, and an apple and wooden fork.

About Beets

Beets are a root vegetable that grows well in cooler climates and keeps well in cold storage. Beets contain the highest sugar content of any of the vegetables, so they go well with tart and bitter foods. The blood-red colour of beets is because of betalains, a powerful group of antioxidants. We commonly eat the root, and the leaves and stems are edible, too. 

Beets are a versatile ingredient and you can use it in soups, like this Beet Soup – Ukrainian Borscht or you can even make hummus with beets: Roasted Beet Hummus 

Why Roast the Beets?

You could boil or steam the beets for this salad (which would no longer be called “roasted beet & apple salad). However, you won’t get the same depth of flavour. Roasting the beets really caramelizes the sugars and brings out the natural sweetness of the beets. Roasting the beets also means that they retain their ruby colour, and all of the nutrients that go with it. 

 Are Beets Good For You?

You bet beets are good for you! Beets are a rich source of antioxidants, fibre, folate, potassium, B complex vitamins, and minerals, all good for your heart. Walnuts & olive oil are good fats, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Check out the many benefits of eating beets here on Health.com.

So, this roasted beet and apple salad is not only delicious, but it’s also good for you.

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Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

Try Some More Beet Salads

Beets go well with other ingredients is a salad too. They’re great with citrus, like in this  Beet Salad with Grapefruit or  Beet Pistachio & Orange Salad    Or with grains: Wild Rice Roasted Beet Salad.

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

Roasted Beet, Apple, Walnut Salad

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

Colleen
Roasted Beets combined with crisp apples and walnuts in a simple cider and lemon vinaigrette. A delicious, healthy and satisfying salad. 
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 2
Calories 386 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 beets peeled & quartered
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 apple cored & sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • With cooking spray, lightly spray a piece of foil large enough to loosely wrap quartered beets.
  • Place beets on the oiled side of the foil, and loosely wrap to make a sealed package.
  • Put foil-wrapped beets on a baking sheet in the center of the oven and roast 30-45 minutes until tender.
  • In the last 5 minutes of roasting time, spread walnuts on the baking sheet alongside the roasting beets to toast.
  • Remove beets and walnuts from the oven, remove beets from foil, and allow to cool.
  • When beets are cool, slice the quarters into thinner wedges.
  • Make the dressing, by whisking lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and salt together in a bowl.
  • Add apple slices, beet slices, and walnuts to the bowl and toss with the dressing.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve chilled

Notes

Beets can be roasted ahead of time, (maybe when you have something else in the oven) cooled and kept in the fridge until ready to make the salad. 

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 391mgPotassium: 593mgFiber: 6gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 570IUVitamin C: 20.7mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Keyword beet salad, beetroot
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21 thoughts on “Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

    1. Hi Nelwyn! Thank you. I have been racking my brain, but honestly can’t remember, because I’ve had these for years, and I’m pretty sure they were a gift. They came with a large salad bowl and a little rack for the individual ones, if that helps. 🙂

  1. My daughter absolutely loves beets. She loves apples too. I am thinking she would love this recipe. I will have to try making it next week.

    1. Hi Trisha, If your daughter loves beets, and loves apples, too, (I’m with her all the way!), then she is going to LOVE this salad! It’s simply delicious. Enjoy!

  2. What a wonderful and delicious recipe for beets! The National Garden Bureau has designated 2018 as the Year of the Beet and this recipe is one of the reasons why. Beets are a nutritious, easy-to-grow, delicious, power veggie! They can be grown easily by just about anyone in gardens, containers and patio pots. Yum! Looking for more recipes on beets!

    1. Hi Gail, I’m totally on board with 2018 Year of the Beet! You’ll find quite a few beet recipes here because I also grow them and love to cook with them. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Great idea for a seasonal salad. I get stuck in a bit of a salad rut this time of year, so am looking forward to trying this. (Plus I always have the ingredients on hand!)

  4. Roasted beets are the best! I am looking forward to trying this salad, Colleen. The crunch from the apple and walnuts would be lovely with the texture of the beets. Thank you for sharing 🙂 Cheers and happy 2018 to you!

  5. Ahh the power of beets. They can stain your hands and please your taste buds all at the same time. Love the salad, Colleen! Looks delicious!

  6. I have apples and beets in the cold room… and I think I have a few walnuts left from all the Christmas baking… I just decided this will be supper tonight! Roasted beets = YUM !!!
    All of my favorite foods in one bowl 🙂 Thanks for sharing Colleen ♥

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