Easy Beet Salad

There are a few canned products that I love, and that can definitely save some time in the kitchen when necessary. For once I won’t mention canned beans, but instead, canned beets! You can also find them jarred. And they’re good.

If you prefer to cook your own beets, that’s fine. But in the case of this salad, I just want to show you how easy it is to create a pretty, delicious, and really fast salad – no cooking involved!

It took me a while to learn to love beets. They tasted like dirt to me initially, but I now embrace that earthiness. And a beet salad, especially with feta added, is to die for in my book.

If you noticed the photos, you can see that I used a spiralizer on the whole beets, and of course the curly cues don’t enhance the flavor of the salad. To really make this a quick salad, just some bite-size cubing of the canned beets would work perfectly. I was just trying to make the salad a little prettier!


Easy Beet Salad

1 – 16 ounce can whole beets, to make two salads
Vinegar, I used champagne vinegar
Olive oil
Crumbled feta
Chopped parsley, optional

Drain the beets, saving all of the beet liquid* from the can. Then let them dry on paper towels.

Chop or spiralize the beets and set aside. Pour some vinegar and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl, then add the beets and toss them gently.
Place in serving dishes and sprinkle with feta and parsley, if using. Black pepper would also be good, but not salt, because the feta is salty.
Chives are another possibility instead of the parsley.

* If you love the flavor of beets, use the leftover beet juice to make a vinaigrette. I made one for the blog in the fall – a beet apple vinaigrette. Today I reduced the beet juice along with some cherry juice, then after it cooled down, added some vinegar, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Beet juice makes a fabulous-tasting vinaigrette!

note: I’ve obviously never had canned whole beets before; I typically buy them sliced. So I was a bit shocked when I discovered how small they were in the can. As a result, they were not easy to spiralize. I suggest that if you want pretty, spiralized beets, buy them raw, cook them, then spiralize them. Larger beets just work better in a spiralizer.

By Published On: May 20th, 201537 Comments on Easy Beet Salad

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. annascuisine May 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    Canned or not, I love beets. This looks so delicious!

  2. Jodi May 20, 2015 at 9:53 AM - Reply

    I adore beets and can eat them straight from the can. You made me very hungry! And I am in a meeting :(

  3. dianeskitchentable May 20, 2015 at 10:52 AM - Reply

    I love beet salad and have recently convinced my daughter to give them a try. It’s funny because her comment originally was that they taste like dirt to her. But with the cheese & a few other things added in there, she’s now a fan too. My husband…well, you know how that goes.

  4. chef mimi May 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    of course, mine doesn’t eat them either! more for us…

  5. StefanGourmet May 20, 2015 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    Hi Mimi, don’t think I’ve ever tried beets with feta before but it sounds great and I will try it. My usual cheese for beets is blue. I’ve never seen canned beets. Here they are sold vacuum sealed. I prefer the flavor of beets I roasted myself in the oven, but the flavor of the ready to use beets is perfectly acceptable.

    • chef mimi May 22, 2015 at 11:50 AM - Reply

      But, if you roast the beetsin the oven, then remove the peel, they’re not really roasted beets, are they? Maybe because I also put them in foil. In any case, they’re good canned, in my book!

      • StefanGourmet May 24, 2015 at 4:37 AM

        I also put them in foil and I suppose you have a point that baked may be a better word that than roasted. All those terms like baked, roasted, grilled, broiled, stewed, braised, etc. are often used very loosely and sometimes get lost in translation. For instance, what is called grilled in Dutch is called broiled in the US.

  6. tinywhitecottage May 20, 2015 at 12:35 PM - Reply

    So funny you thought they tasted like dirt! :) They really do have an earthy taste and I love it! I like the soft consistency of canned beets but usually always buy them raw and cook them. And I really like the way beets look spiralized. Great way to serve beets.

    • chef mimi May 26, 2015 at 4:30 PM - Reply

      I prefer to cook mine as well, but I sometimes can’t get them where I live!

  7. Bam's Kitchen May 20, 2015 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Beautiful salad and I love beets and feta in my Greek salad so I know I would love this recipe. Wishing you a super week . Thanks

    • chef mimi May 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I’m in France, so it’s pretty super!

  8. thepaddingtonfoodie May 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    We’re in the middle of beetroot season down under. How wonderful is the colour? So deep and vibrant. I love them spiralised and raw in a winter coleslaw or salad. Tonight I used roasted beetroot in a risotto with goats cheese and thyme. The classic Aussie burger always contains a slice of canned beetroot. I’ll take them whichever way they come.

    • chef mimi May 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM - Reply

      I never knew that about the burger!!! Interesting!!!

  9. aranislandgirl May 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM - Reply

    I love everything about beetroot and this salad is gorgeous. And feta too, what a lovely combination.

  10. Karen May 22, 2015 at 7:34 AM - Reply

    I’m with you about canned beets, I always have some in my pantry for a quick salad. Yours is quite nice.

  11. Amanda | What's Cooking May 22, 2015 at 12:52 PM - Reply

    I heard (from Tiny White Cottage) that you used a spiralizer on beets! I’m here to see for myself (I’ve been woefully behind on reading these days for all my travel to Mexico). This looks great. I’ve only used it on zucchini, but now I’ll have to make a mix! Lovely.

    • chef mimi May 26, 2015 at 4:31 PM - Reply

      Welcome! It helps if the beets are bigger – turns out the canned beets were quite small. I love the spiralizer!

  12. Vinny Grette May 22, 2015 at 8:01 PM - Reply

    I love a nice presentation, Mimi, as long as I have the time or gor a special occasion. This salad rocks!

    • chef mimi May 26, 2015 at 4:31 PM - Reply

      Good food is pretty food. I’ve never gotten very fancy in my presentations!

  13. Peter - The Roaming GastroGnome May 23, 2015 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    I love a good roasted beet salad with walnuts and blue cheese. How did you get the feta to stay white!?!? Well done!

  14. safifer May 31, 2015 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Reblogged this on A Single Serving and commented:
    For some reason, I’ve always avoided canned beets–This inspires me to try them since I feel they are under-appreciated vegetable. I’ve very recently found beets in the freezer case at my local Harris Teeter, and cooked in the produce (unrefrigerated). This looks like a good way to check out the quality. Thanks!

    • chef mimi May 31, 2015 at 12:32 PM - Reply

      Interesting! I’ve never even thought to look for frozen beets! Thanks!

  15. safifer May 31, 2015 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    I haven’t tried feta with beets either; but I love almost and “bleu”–usually gorgonzola, or even the crumbled ready made from the cheese counter. I think the feta should be good, too. I’ve also gotten to like nuts with that–particularly roasted pecans.

  16. PeachyTales August 26, 2015 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    You’re truly a chef love!! 💗

  17. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 17, 2015 at 1:44 PM - Reply

    Most canned beets have sugar and salt, so I can imagine they were hard to spiralize, as you said. Still, really gorgeous and delicious dish.

  18. elizabethdiamond October 23, 2015 at 5:41 AM - Reply

    This Dish is very Delicious..!!! Thanks for sharing this food..
    check out : http://www.yolenis.us/en_us/recipes/beet-salad.html

    • chef mimi October 26, 2015 at 4:11 PM - Reply

      Thank you! I’ll check on your salad!

  19. Agness of Run Agness Run May 14, 2017 at 7:12 AM - Reply

    Easy, healthy, and delicious, Mimi! I cannot ask for more. ;)

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