This Mediterranean beet salad is very easy to make. It’s made with cooked beets, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and cilantro. And if you don’t like cilantro, you can also use parsley or skip the fresh herbs altogether. The Mediterranean beets can be served hot or cold and taste great as a side dish or salad.
Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. I know many people say that they don’t like beets but I am convinced that they just haven’t tried beets that were prepared properly.
Beetroot has a medium glycemic index of 64 but is super low on the glycemic load scale with the GL of 4 (we have already talked many times about how glycemic load is more important than glycemic index.)
Beets are usually very inexpensive and keep well in the fridge.
You can buy beets with greens still attached or just the bulbs. If you buy a bunch of beets with greens, make sure to remove the greens because they go bad fast.
Beet greens can be used in soups or cooked the way you would cook other greens such as collard greens or kale. Raw beetroot and beet greens make a great addition to fresh pressed juices.
You will need cooked beets for this Mediterranean beet salad. There are five ways to cook beetroots. You can roast, boil, steam, steam-roast them, or cook them in the microwave.
There are brief instructions in the recipe section below. For the detailed cooking techniques as well as tips and tricks on how to buy, prep, and store beets, check out my post How to Cook Beets: 5 Easy Methods + Tips and Tricks.
To make sure that the beets are fully cooked insert a fork into the beetroot. You should be able to easily pierce them, and the fork should very easily slide back out.
Beets take a long time to cook. That’s why it’s better to choose medium-sized beets and make sure all the beets you are cooking are similar in size. This way they will be done all at the same time.
I usually leave them to cool in the oven because beets are very hard to handle when they are hot. Also, make sure to wear gloves if you don’t want any stains on your hands.
There are so many ways to serve cooked beets that I probably could write a cookbook just with beet recipes. To start, try this Mediterranean Beets with Garlic and Olive Oil. It’s very easy to make and so good for you! Also, make sure to check out this Detox Kale and Beet Salad, this Beet Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Grapefruit, and this Beetroot Soup with Beans.
1. For the detailed instructions on different methods of cooking beets, check out How to Cook Beets: 5 Easy Methods + Tips and Tricks. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
How to cook beets:
To make the Mediterranean Beets with Garlic and Olive Oil:
Yield 4 portions
Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 159Total Fat 7.1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5.9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 297mgCarbohydrates 22.2gFiber 6.4gSugar 15.4gProtein 3.8g
1. For the detailed instructions on different methods of cooking beets, check out How to Cook Beets: 5 Easy Methods + Tips and Tricks.
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.