Beet Salad (with Honey, Garlic and Leafy Greens)

Fall is a bit of a shoulder season when it comes to our kitchen; the changing weather beckons for soup one day and something lighter the next.  A steady stream of greens (some from greenhouses and some of the heartier greens that are still being harvested from the field) make salad a natural choice but other ingredients are scarce.

I love to make a lettuce and beet salad for lunch on the weekend.  I sometimes make it with bacon (like in this recipe) but you can skip that if that’s not your cup of lard!

Beet Salad (with Honey, Garlic and Leafy Greens) salad November lettuce beets Beet

When eating beets in salad, I often eat them raw.  This works well when there’s lots of other ingredients to pair them with but I prefer to blanch them lightly when making a beet salad with few other ingredients.  Blanching makes them slightly softer and slightly less intense.

Beet Salad – Ingredients

  • A big bowl of clean leafy greens
  • 5-6 pieces of bacon (I prefer double smoked for the extra flavor)
  • 4-5 beets, cut into small pieces (I used a matchstick mandoline which is both useful and scary)
  • 0.25 spanish onion, cut into tiny pieces (here’s how to dice an onion if you need help getting even pieces!)
  • cheese (I like plain cheese such as bocconcini or fresca)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 0.5-1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small clove of garlic, chopped small

Beet Salad Instructions

  1. Start by frying bacon crisp (you can do the rest of this recipe as it cooks).
  2. Place 3 cups of water in a pot, add salt and bring to a boil as you prepare (slice beets).
  3. When water hits a rolling boil, add beets and cook for 90 seconds.  Drain and rinse under cold water immediately.  Drain well.
  4. Add 0.5 teaspoon salt to oil, stir until dissolved.
  5. Chop bacon.
  6. Add all ingredients (minus the cheese) in a large bowl and toss (this stops the cheese from becoming discolored).
  7. Taste, focusing on tasting the salt and acid.  Add salt, pepper and more vinegar if desired.
  8. Add cheese and serve!

What else would you add to this salad?



  1. At first I thought that the white in the salad was egg, and then realized it was cheese. I would add hard boiled eggs.

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