Fresh beets are made into noodles, tossed with a simple orange vinaigrette, and topped with fresh mint and pistachios. This sprialized beet salad is quick, easy, and a fun way to eat your veggies!
I have always loved beets, but I always do the same thing with them – roast them and either eat them as a side dish or put them on a salad. Don’t get me wrong, this way of eating beets is fabulous and obviously my favorite. However, I really wanted to do something different.
Enter the spiralizer.
This gadget is the perfect tool for when you need to add some variety to your veggies. I have to admit, I put off spiralizing beets because I was afraid of the mess I’d end up with. If you’ve ever dealt with fresh beets, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I made sure to wear gloves and lined my cutting board heavily with paper towels – it worked well and the mess was minimal!
I was wondering if I’d need to blanch the beet noodles as I’ve never eaten raw beets, but when I tried them I ended up loving them. And that was before I even topped them with anything!
I decided to keep things super simple and toss the beet noodles with a quick orange vinaigrette, fresh mint, and pistachios. I think goat cheese would be a wonderful addition to this, but I didn’t have any and I really wanted to keep it dairy free. I also think grilled chicken or shrimp would be awesome on top of this. Oh, and avocado. Looks like the possibilities are endless!
- 2-4 Beets, I used a mix of red and golden, peeled and spiralized*
- 1 Orange, juiced
- 1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint Leaves, thinly sliced
- ¼ Cup Pistachios, finely chopped
- Place the beet noodles in a large bowl.
- In a small mason jar, combine the orange juice, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Shake until well combined. Pour the dressing over the beet noodles.
- Add in the mint and pistachios and toss well. Serve immediately. See notes for make ahead directions.
- *To make the salad easier to eat, cut the noodles down a bit.
- *To make this salad ahead: combine the beet noodles with the mint and pistachios and keep the dressing separate. When you’re ready to serve, toss the salad with the dressing. This method will keep the color and freshness - I did try tossing it with the dressing the day before and while it still tasted good, the color was a little drab!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
I love this Keri! Look at those pretty colors. And a great way to use beets. I’m boring and just roast them and toss them in salads. But this is much better!
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Yep that’s my usual way too, but now I’m obsessed with eating them raw in noodle form! Thanks Natalie!
Beverley @ sweaty&fit says
I have always been curious about eating beets without cooking them first, but i think the addition of vinegar would make it perfectly crunchy and tasty. Nice one!
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I was a little scared at first to try them raw, but I ended up loving them! Thanks Beverley!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Okay, this is AWESOME, Keri! SO gorgeous and simply delicious! I thought I had spiraled everything until now! I never thought of trying to noodle beets! Sheer genius, girlfriend! I just adore everything about this bright, beety, beautiful salad- the color, the orange vinaigrette, fresh mint and pistachios… ALL SO SO GOOD! Loves it! Pinned!!! Cheers, my dear <3
Thanks Cheyanne! I might just be obsessed with beet noodles now.. I can’t wait to get more beets so I can have them again!
Maya @ Treats and Eats says
This sounds amazing Keri! I love beets so much but I’ve never had raw beets. Love the colors and the simplicity. Perfect!
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Thanks Maya! I was pleasantly surprised with them raw, so if you love beets I think you’ll like them raw too!
You are so creative, Keri! I love beets but I struggle to come up with ways to use them other than roasting them. I’ve never tried them raw but I’m all aboard! The colors look beautiful too 🙂
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Thanks Ali! Same here – I always roast them, so I was looking to do something different! If you love beets I definitely think you’ll like them raw too. 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I usually eat beets the same way too, so I’m loving this variation! Such a great idea to spiralize them, Keri! I’ve never thought of that before. And I love this dressing on top, too. Sounds like such a flavorful dish!
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Thanks Gayle! I think beets are my new favorite veggie to spiralize – they are just so fun.
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
This is just awesome Keri. I love beets and always look for new ways of eating them without cooking. And the addition of vinegar sounds so good. Loved this refreshing, healthy, vibrant and delicious salad. Nicely done.
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Thanks Anu! I think the dressing pairs so well with the raw beets and really adds something special!
Caitlin @ teaspoon says
A salad does not get much prettier than that. I love the colors! Looks like we both had beets on mind this week 🙂
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Thanks Caitlin! Can’t wait to see your salad 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I adore beets but usually have them the same way too! I love the idea of spiralizing them! Looks gorgeous!
Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says
I truly love this salad. Not only is it beautiful but it super good for you and tastes delicious.
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Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
This looks absolutely gorgeous! I love that you added pistachios and mint :). Yuuuuuuummy. Pinned!
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Dani @ Dani California Cooks says
I made a super similar salad earlier this summer, but I think I made it more difficult on myself by julienne-ing the beets. The spiralizer sure makes it easy!
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Yes, I just love my spiralizer! It went a lot easier than I thought. Thanks Dani!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
You spiralized beets!?!?! Oh my goodness! I would have thought that would be totally messy and difficult! I’m so glad it worked out to be a delicious idea with minimal mess! I usually roast my beets too, but I may have to give this a try!
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Savita @ ChefDeHome says
Keri, this salad looks very healthy and delicious! For me, it is a perfect lite summer lunch! Thanks for sharing!
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What kind of tool do you use to spiral the beets? I would live to try this recipe, looks scrumptious!
Hi Susan. I use a Spiralizer – you can find one on Amazon (that’s where I purchased mine) or some kitchen stores like Williams-Sonoma have them too! Enjoy 🙂
Are the beets cooked at all? I don’t think I’ve had raw beets.
They are not cooked at all, Patti. I really like them raw, but if you prefer them cooked a bit you can sauté them or roast them after you spiralize 🙂
This looks delicious! I’m curious, though — did you peel the beets beforehand or just spiralize them with the skin on? Thanks!
I peel them first 🙂
this looks beautiful and yummy. what kind of spiralizer do you use? been researching and don’t know which one to get. thank you!
This is so good! I loved it! The dressing is great and I would make that for other salads also.
Thanks, Maggie! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Spiralized Beet Salad? Doesn’t look like it has many calories at all. Perfect for weight loss.
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Tania Mushtaq says
Beets have high water content. There is also a very low amount of calories. Low-calorie food is good for weight loss. A moderate amount of fibers and protein are also present in beets. It helps to reduce appetite and keeps you full for a long time. So, beets are good for weight loss. You can also use it as a weight loss drink
This salad is great! I added sliced granny smith apple (tossed in a little lemon juice) and instead of pistachios, I used pepitas. Also, yes, you have to cut the beet noodles smaller so you don’t ruin your clothes while eating. Very yummy.