Mediterranean Salads, Sides

Mediterranean Beet Salad with Tangerines, Greens and Feta

A delicious and hearty salad made with beets, tangerines, greens, and walnuts. Crispy, filling and flavorful with the addition of the tangy crumbled feta and the citrus vinaigrette.

Beet salad with tangerines and feta on a plate

Beets are loved in the Mediterranean. We not only eat the beet bulb but also the greens, warm and drizzled with olive oil. One of my favorite appetizers when I’m out at a Greek tavern is beets, beet greens and skordalia (the famous Greek garlic dip/sauce). Yum!

Citrus fruit is another loved food. In the winter especially, oranges and mandarins are our go-to fruit. Analysis of the traditional Mediterranean diet has shown that citrus fruit are an important source of antioxidants of the diet. Plus they are great source of vitamin C. Just make sure you eat them whole rather than as juice.

Today I am making a salad that combines the two!. This beet salad is delicious! A delicious and hearty salad made with beets, tangerines, greens, and walnuts. Crispy, filling and flavorful with the addition of the tangy crumbled feta and the citrus vinaigrette. The textures and flavors meld beautifully together making a satisfying and gorgeous salad. And it is loaded with potent antioxidants and vitamins too!

How to Make Mediterranean Beet Salad

You want to start preparing your beets

There are 2 ways:
Boil: Place beets in a pot, fill with enough water to cover, over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender.

Roast: Preheat oven at 400 F (200 C). Wrap the beet bulbs in aluminum foil, place on a pan and roast for about an hour. Remove and unwrap and let them cool.

*I also always keep on hand steamed beets that are vacuum packed and stored in the refrigerator. They have no other ingredients and so it’s a convenient way to add some beets to your meal.

Prepare the citrus vinaigrette

Citrus vinaigrette for beet salad

For this vinaigrette you take juice from four tangerines plus a pinch of sugar and simmer and reduce in a small pan until you are left with about 2 tablespoon for about 8-10 minutes. Place in small bowl and let it cool.

Empty the reduced tangerine juice in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, the mustard and mix, whisk in the olive oil until dressing thickens. You can also mix everything in a jar and shake it.

Prepare beets and tangerines

You want to slice them in circular shapes and set aside.

Sliced tangerine rounds
Sliced beets

Prepare your additional ingredients.

Chopped walnuts and crumbled feta.

Crumbled feta

Put together the salad

Place 2-3 handfuls of greens, layer on top the tangerines and beets and then sprinkle with feta and chopped walnuts and drizzle the dressing. This recipe makes 2 large hearty salads, but you can mix all of it together and serve as a side salad for 4 people.

Mediterranean Beet salad with tangerines, greens and feta

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Mediterranean Beet Salad with Tangerines, Greens and Feta

Beet salad with tangerines and feta on a plate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time for Beets: 1 hour
A delicious and hearty salad made with beets, tangerines, greens, and walnuts. Crispy, filling and flavorful with the addition of the tangy crumbled feta and the citrus vinaigrette.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: Beet, Salad, Tangerine
Servings: 2
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
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Ingredients

For the Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 4 tangerines do not peel the tangerines
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • A pinch of salt
  • Black pepper
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

Instructions

For the Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Juice 4 tangerines (do not peel before juicing) and strain. Place in a small saucepan with a pinch of sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat for a strong simmer and cook until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 8-10 minutes. Let it cool.
  • Empty the reduced tangerine juice in a small bowl, add a 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt a bit of fresh black pepper and the mustard and mix, whisk in the olive oil until dressing thickens. You can also mix everything in a jar.

For the Salad

  • Place 2 plates on your work area.
  • On each plate place a bed of greens (about 1 ½ cup).
  • Layer over alternating the beets and tangerine rounds.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing and then sprinkle over the feta and walnuts and drizzle the other 2 tbsp. Toss gently before serving.
  • Repeat for the other plate/serving
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4 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Loveridge May 16, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Great salad. I made it for a big group and everyone loved it. I did have to adjust the balsamic which was a little much and overpowering the tangerine simple syrup. Next time I will use less or possibly a white balsamic. It did look beautiful prior to tossing. Next time I will toss the greens separately and then place the toppings. The beautiful tangerines got all squished up after the toss. Still delicious.5 stars

  • Reply Susan March 1, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    I made a quick version of this salad last night. I used canned beets, oranges and just a lemon olive oil dressing and white cheese because I cannot find sheep’s milk feta and walnuts and thinly sliced red onions. Toasted some pita bread and served a scoop of hummus on the side.
    My Cousin looked at her plate, “I really do not like beets.” Me, okay, I am not going to make you eat them.
    Cousin “Is this one of your new Gourmet Greek recipes?
    Me Ummhmm
    Eating, silence.
    Cousin “Wow, I love your gourmet recipes!”
    Thank you, thank you very much!
    We really are enjoying the Mediterranean diet!5 stars

  • Reply Wolf March 1, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Love your site. I would say, however, that for European users measures of ounces and cups are just a little annoying. Metric measures would be far more helpful.5 stars

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN March 1, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks. We are in the process of adding metric measurements on all our recipes.Thank you for your patience

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