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This beet feta walnut salad recipe is a fresh and hearty salad drizzled with a bright citrus vinaigrette dressing. This simple recipe is made with layers of cooked or steamed beets, crumbles of feta cheese, walnuts, and fresh herbs for a fancy salad in no time.

Serve this salad as an appetizer for company, or as a side dish alongside dinner. I love enjoying this salad with a thick slice of crusty no-knead bread for a light and easy lunch option too!

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Beet salads are a wintertime favorite, especially when loaded with hearty walnuts and feta cheese, and topped with a bright and sweet dressing. This salad makes a fantastic holiday appetizer – it’s fancy enough for company, and you can make most of it ahead of time for easy salad prep.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can used canned or steamed beets, instead of cooking them yourself. I actually used canned for this recipe, but buying those packages of steamed beets in the produce section would also be great. Or steam your own!  

This Beet Feta Walnut Salad Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Earthy
  • Tasty
  • Simple to Make
  • Great for an Appetizer or Side
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Simple Holiday Salad Recipes Without Lettuce

This beet feta walnut salad is a fantastic recipe for the holidays – add it to your winter holiday table and enjoy.  It would be great to serve for Christmas, Hannukah,  Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, or any winter dinner with guests! This will be one crowd pleaser recipe everyone will love.  

These simple make-ahead dishes are fantastic to prep ahead of time.  You can check out all my holiday recipes for easy entertaining ideas!

What’s In This Beet and Walnut Salad Recipe?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Sliced Beets – you can either use canned beets, packaged cooked beets, or steam them yourself! I used canned for this recipe.
  • Really Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Orange, juiced
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: which gives this dressing a little extra tang!
  • Dijon Mustard – for a really nice flavor and texture, this dijon is a favorite in our pantry. Use a good quality mustard, not yellow prepared mustard.
  • Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Walnuts
  • Feta Cheese – I used a crumbled feta for this recipe, but you can also use a block of feta cheese, mashed with a form before adding to the pan.
  • Basil
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How Do I Make This Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

  1. Drain sliced cooked beets, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the dressing ingredients: olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine. Place beets in the bowl, and allow the beets to marinate in the dressing for at least 1 hour (or overnight, if you want to prep this ahead of time)
  3. Once marinated, drain the beets, and place them on a serving plate. Top with walnuts, feta cheese, and julienned basil.  Drizzle additional extra virgin olive oil over the beets if desired.

A Great Make Ahead Beet Salad for Entertaining

This beet feta walnut salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip major cooking or prep on the day-of. Marinate the beets the night before, then assemble the rest of the salad in 5 minutes before serving!

This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love! Check out my other make ahead meals too.

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Beet Feta Walnut Salad

This beet feta walnut salad recipe is a fresh and hearty salad drizzled with a bright citrus vinaigrette dressing. This simple recipe is made with layers of cooked or steamed beets, crumbles of feta cheese, walnuts, and fresh herbs for a fancy salad in no time.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Marinading Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 284 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups sliced beets use 1-14 ounce can (drained), or 4 medium steamed beets, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil julienned

Instructions
 

  • Drain sliced cooked beets, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add the dressing ingredients: olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine. Place beets in the bowl, and allow the beets to marinate in the dressing for at least 1 hour (or overnight, if you want to prep this ahead of time)
  • Once marinated, drain the beets, and place them on a serving plate. Top with walnuts, feta cheese, and julienned basil.  Drizzle additional extra virgin olive oil over the beets if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 646mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 277IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
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