Roasted beetroot walnut feta salad is easy, healthy and delicious! It is a complete salad with a flavorful roasted garlic dressing you would want to eat for lunch, dinner or any time hunger strikes!
Why You’ll Love This Beet Salad
This walnut beetroot feta salad is so inviting that you can’t wait to dig into it. Sweet roasted beetroot, crunchy walnuts, creamy feta and roasted garlic dressing that brings it all together.
Add in lettuce and parsley for some herby goodness and you get a salad to die for. Seriously.
This salad is so easy to put together. It is also the most flavorful and unique of all the beetroot salad recipes out there. Like my beet orange salad with ginger dressing.
You might ask how?
- It involves minimum chopping (only the beets).
- No sweating near the stove is required. Right from roasting the beetroot and garlic to toasting the walnuts, the oven does the job for you.
- The garlic is roasted with beets, so you save time.
- In this recipe, beetroot is roasted with spices. This gives some flavor to the salad even before adding the dressing.
- Garlic has an amazing flavor when roasted. (If you’ve ever roasted garlic in your oven or made roasted garlic pesto, you’ll know that the whole kitchen would be filled with the aroma.)
- When you add it to the dressing, it takes the salad to a new level.
The downside to a beet salad is that everything you add will turn beetroot-colored when tossed. We will take care of it later on in the post.
Make sure you read the recipe tips before you get started. So here’s how you do it:
What You’ll Need For The Salad
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)
- Beetroot: Choose ones that are firm with smooth undamaged skin. An easier method is to use precooked/canned beets. But I don’t prefer them since you’ll lose out on the amazing flavors of spicy roasted beetroot.
- Feta: for richness and protein. You can buy a block or use the bottled flavored cubes of feta.
- Walnuts: for the crunch. Toast raw walnuts or use toasted/ baked ones.
- Lettuce: Romaine lettuce is my favorite. (It has the most health benefits.) You can use others like iceberg, arugula or butterhead or a mix of salad leaves.
- Spices: Roasted garlic provides a lot of flavor so you’ll need only chili flakes, salt and pepper to spice things up.
- Herbs: I’ve used dried basil and fresh parsley here. You can use any dried or fresh herbs you have on hand (like oregano, dill, mint, or cilantro).
- Oil: I’ve used 2 types: extra virgin olive oil for the dressing and regular one for roasting the beetroot. This is because extra virgin olive oil loses some of its nutrients when heated.
How To Make Beetroot Walnut Feta Salad: Step by step
Roast Beetroot And Garlic
- In a small bowl, mix chili flakes, salt pepper and olive oil.
- Peel and dice the beets into 1½ inch cubes. Add the seasoning and toss until all the cubes are coated.
- Mix in unpeeled garlic cloves. Spread out the beets and garlic in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast in the oven at 210°C/410°F for 20 to 25 minutes.
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Once cooked, remove the roasted beetroot and garlic from the oven. Turn off the oven. Spread out walnuts in a baking tray and place in the warm oven. In 5 to 7 minutes the walnuts will turn out toasted and crunchy.
Make Roasted Garlic Dressing
- Once the roasted garlic cloves cool down, peel and mash them with a fork.
- Whisk together mashed garlic with chili flakes, dried basil, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper.
- The roasted garlic dressing is ready!
Prepare And Drizzle!
- Tear the lettuce leaves and place them on a plate. Thinly slice the onions and spread them on the lettuce.
- Add roasted beetroot. Add half the dressing and toss.
- Add toasted walnuts and crumbled feta.
- When it’s time to serve, drizzle the rest of the dressing and toss well.
The dressing will be thick since I’ve tried to limit the oil used. It’s okay. Once you toss everything well, the dressing will get mixed and absorbed into the salad.
Oil: You can add more oil to the dressing if you’re not that worried about a few more calories.
Onions: (Don’t like the sharp bite of raw onions? Try this quick method to soften onions that will make them more likable.)
Walnuts: You might want to chop them into smaller chunks. I like to chop up half of them while leaving some whole. They really look pretty!
Tossing the salad: If you don’t mind the feta and walnuts turning pink, you don’t have to layer the salad and add the dressing in stages as above. Just dump everything in a bowl, add the dressing and toss!
I do that most often. Today I wanted the white feta to shine through in the photos 😉
Common Questions About Roasted Beetroot Salad
Why do my roasted beets taste bitter?
When you overcook beets, they get burnt and taste bitter. The size of the beetroot cubes matters when you roast them.
The rule of thumb is to peel and dice the beetroot into 1½ inch cubes. If the beets are medium-sized, quarter them and halve each quarter crosswise. Chop large ones into 6 wedges and halve each of those wedges.
Roast the diced beets in the oven at 210°C/410°F for not more than 25 minutes. It is better to check after 20 minutes.
Are beets better boiled or baked?
When you boil beetroot, some of the flavor and nutrients leach into the water and are lost. When beets are roasted, they get caramelized and taste sweeter. They lose some of the nutrients when compared to raw beets, but they still turn out more nutritious and delicious than boiled ones.
How long can you keep roasted beetroot?
You can store roasted beetroot in an airtight container or ziplock bags in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If you want to keep them longer, freeze them. They can be frozen for about 3 months.
This beet salad (without lettuce and herbs) can also be stored that long if the roasted garlic dressing is stored in a separate container. The lettuce and fresh herbs have to be added before serving.
How do you know when a roasted beet is done?
You should be able to insert a fork into the cooked beet without resistance.
An important tip to note is that when you season the beetroot cubes, ensure that all pieces are well coated with oil. If not, the beetroot will turn out dry and unappetizing. The risk of them getting burnt is also high when there’s not enough fat.
Health Benefits Of Beetroot
Beets have many helpful plant compounds that reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage.
Beetroot and its juice help your heart and lungs work better during exercise. Nitric oxide from beets increases blood flow to your muscles.
Beets are rich in folate (vitamin B9) an potassium hat help cells grow and function. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Beets are naturally high in nitrates that reduce blood pressure by causing the blood vessels to relax and widen.
Beets are high in fiber and promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
Love beetroot? Try these beetroot kebabs that are guilt-free and delicious.
What To Pair With This Feta Beetroot Salad
Pair this beet salad with a healthy protein like:
Looking for seafood? Try:
- Panko crusted cod
- Pesto crusted salmon
- Browned butter salmon
- Easy fish cakes
- Pan-fried prawns and peppers
Some vegetarian soup options would be:
- Roasted tomato and garlic soup
- Red cabbage soup
- Roasted pumpkin soup without cream
- Cream of cabbage soup
- Lentil vegetable soup
- Italian pasta salad with balsamic dressing
- Roasted pumpkin quinoa salad
- Easy Italian quinoa salad
- Indian chickpea salad
- Creamy veggie chicken salad
- Easy paneer tikka salad
- Yellow lentil salad with honey ginger dressing
- Mango pomegranate salad
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2 thoughts on “Beetroot Walnut Feta Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing”
This looks wonderful and is going on my New Year’s ‘to try’ list! Thanks for posting it.
Thanks, Susan! A very Happy New Year to you and please let me know how it turned out for you!