Today’s beet and feta cheese salad recipe will show you how to make this delicious dish and prepare beetroots. But before we start, here are a few interesting facts about this salad’s main ingredients, feta and beets.
All cheese lovers will love this recipe this National Cheese Lover’s Day (20 Jan) and National Mac & Cheese Day (July 14).
What Is Feta Cheese?
Feta cheese is a type of soft cheese that originated from Greece. This cheese is often made using sheep, goat, buffalo, or cow milk.
During the making process, the cheese is brined in a salt solution and left to age. This results in a tofu-like soft, tangy, salty cheese that can be cut into cubes or crumbled.
We chose feta cheese for today’s recipe because of its saltiness. Its sharpness adds flavor to the plain boiled beets and adds a flavor contrast to the sweet navel oranges.
However, flavors are not the only thing we like about feta cheese.
Are Beet and Feta Cheese Salad Good for You?
1. Feta Cheese
Cheese in general is considered to be a great source of protein and nutrients. But it also gets a bad rap, because imbalanced cheese consumption is linked to heart disease, obesity, and more.
Feta is actually a healthier cheese option. Here’s why:
While other cheeses are made from cow milk, feta cheese is the product of processed goat/sheep milk instead. It still makes for an excellent source of calcium and protein.
At the same time, feta cheese is lower in sodium and saturated fat and, hence, is better for your health.If you love this soft, salty cheese, check out our watermelon arugula salad recipe. This is also a fresh, easy-to-make, mediterranean-style salad we think you will enjoy.
Beetroots also bring many health benefits:
For starters, this root vegetable yields very few calories. There are only 44 calories per 100 grams of cooked beetroots, and along with the carbs also come the nutrients.
In beetroot, there are pigments, called betalains, that are responsible for its bordeaux hue. These substances have anti-inflammatory properties that are good for the immune system.
Main Ingredients For Beet And Feta Cheese Salad Recipe
You can use either beets or baby beets for today’s recipe. If you do use baby beets, keep in mind that they are smaller and need less time to cook.
2. Feta Cheese
We cut our feta cheese into cubes, but you can crumble the cheese to distribute evenly on the salad.
This green has an interesting, earthy flavor that goes perfectly with feta cheese. It also provides you with fiber and many other vital nutrients such as potassium, calcium, etc.
We use navel oranges for today’s recipe, but you can use any sweet variety available. The addition of sweet oranges adds freshness and brightens up the salad.
Not only are walnuts a great source of good fats, they’re also rich in protein and help keep you full.
Beet Salad Dressing
Today’s dressing is going to be basic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. However, you can jazz it up with a few simple ingredients:
- Minced garlic: is always a great addition to any salad dressing. You only need about 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to flavorize this dressing.
- Lemon juice: adds sourness to the salad but it won’t overpower other ingredients. In fact, it pairs well with the sweet orange and balances out the flavors.
- Lemon zest: gives a lovely, citrusy aroma to the salad. This shall be the secret ingredient that will keep everyone guessing.
How to Prepare Beets
Here’s how you prepare beets for today’s beet and feta cheese salad recipe:
- Wash and scrub the beets to remove any dirt.
- Pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
- Cut off the stems and tails with a sharp knife.
- Using a peeler, remove the skin.
Now, your beets are ready to be boiled.
How Long to Boil Beets
For today’s recipe, we boil our beets for 20 minutes. Here’s how:
- Bring a pot of water to boil. There should be enough water to submerge the beets.
- Add the beets and lower the heat to medium. Allow the beets to simmer for 20 minutes.
- To check if the beets are cooked, use a knife and pierce through the middle of one. The knife should slide through effortlessly.
How To Make Beet And Feta Cheese Salad
Here is a brief summary of our beet and feta cheese salad recipe:Jump to Recipe
Boil the beets
Drain and cut the beets
Make the dressing
Arrange the salad
Detailed instructions with full ingredient measurements are available below.
What to Serve With Beet and Feta Cheese Salad?
This beet salad pairs well with almost any food. Here are a few ideas on how to serve it:
- Protein: Any type of grilled, pan-seared, or baked meat will suit this salad perfectly. You can serve this salad alongside chicken, beef, pork, lamb, or even firm tofu.
- Pasta: This salad can be a great addition to any pasta dish, giving you a boost of micronutrients and fiber.
Beet And Feta Cheese Salad Recipe
- 10.5 oz beetroot peeled
- 1 quart water or enough to submerge and boil the beets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 2.6 oz arugula
- 8 oz navel oranges peeled and cut into segments
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped
- Boil the beets: In a medium pot, add water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add beets, lower the heat to medium, and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.
- Drain and cut the beets: Once cooked, drain and leave to cool for about 15 minutes. When the beets are cool enough to handle, cut them into thin wedges and set aside.
- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk vigorously and set aside.
- Arrange the salad: Place the arugula, cooked beets, oranges, feta cheese, and walnuts on a large serving plate.
- Serve: Take a portion of the salad on your plate and drizzle the dressing on top. You can choose to toss the salad or leave it as is. Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve.
1. How Many Calories Are in This Beet Salad?
There are only 213 calories in a serving of our beet and feta cheese salad. You can pair a light beverage with it to create a 250-calorie side dish combo.
Our healthy eating guidelines recommend you consume about 250 calories for a side dish and/or dessert. We also encourage you to eat a 500-calorie main dish.
This is to ensure you have an appropriate 750 calories per meal to keep your body functioning.
2. Can You Freeze Beet and Feta Cheese Salad?
Yes, you can. However, freezing a dressed salad wouldn’t be the best idea to prolong its shelf life.
Since this salad contains fresh ingredients such as arugula and oranges, freezing will lower its quality. But, if you insist, we recommend breaking the salad down and freezing each ingredient in separate containers.
Cooked beets can stay good for about 1 month in the freezer. Freezing feta cheese can lower the risk of spoilage— making it last for as long as 3 months.
We highly recommend using freezer-safe containers to prevent your food from getting freezer burn.
The fresh fruits and vegetables such as arugula and oranges are fragile— freezing them may ruin their flavor and texture. You can simply keep them in the fridge or buy fresh ingredients when you need them.
Walnuts and the salad dressing can stay good in the fridge for about a month. You just need to put them in airtight containers.
3. How Long Does Beet and Feta Cheese Salad Last?
Depending on storage conditions, beet and feta cheese salad can last from 1 to 3 days.
A dressed salad can only last 1 day in the fridge. On the other hand, you can keep the ingredients in separate containers and they’ll last for 3 days.
Whenever you want to have salad, put all the ingredients in a bowl, give them a quick toss, and serve.