Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta

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Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta is such a simple salad, but it’s packed with flavor. If you love pickled beets like I do, this salad is sure to be a favorite.

Pickled Beets Salad with Walnuts and Feta in a wooden bowl.

 

Mixed greens, pickled beets, feta cheese, and toasted walnuts are tossed with a light balsamic vinaigrette. The pickled beets give the salad a really intense tart and sweet flavor which I love and because the beets add so much flavor, you really only need a bare minimum of dressing for this salad.

Beets are a food I’ve become much more a fan of as an adult. For years, I’ve loved roasted beets in a salad with nuts and either feta or goat cheese. But recently I’ve been obsessed with adding pickled beets to a salad. Not only do they have more flavor, you can buy them in a jar, store them in the pantry, and they are ready to be added to a salad. I always have a few jars in my pantry.

Pickled Beet Salad in wooden bowl with jar of beets and bowl of walnuts.

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR PICKLED BEET SALAD:

  • Salad Greens– I like mixed greens. Baby arugula or baby kale are also tasty with pickled beets.
  • Cheese– goat cheese can be used instead of feta.
  • Nuts– walnuts are my favorite with beets, but pecans or almonds can be used.
  • Pickled Beets– use homemade if you have them, but store-bought work great. I use Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets which come in a jar.
  • Balsamic Dressing– I make a simple homemade dressing, but you can use store-bought.

You can add additional ingredients if you wish. Cucumbers, radishes, and tomatoes are good choices.

The dressing can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to a week.

If you have a nut allergy, try using pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds instead.

Close-up of Pickled Beet Salad.

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Pickled Beets Salad with Walnuts and Feta in a wooden bowl.

Pickled Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beets, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Ingredients

Balsamic Vinagrette

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad

  • 5 to 10 ounces mixed greens, depending on how big a salad you want to make
  • 1 jar pickled sliced beets, drained
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Instructions

  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  • Place mixed greens, drained beets, feta and walnuts in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with desired amount of dressing and serve.

Notes

You can leave the beets in slices of chop them up.

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