Beets are not something I would normally purchase, so working with them was a new experience (but a good one!).
After a quick search online, I found that beets are highly nutritious (especially when eaten raw) and contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. They’ve even been thought to have anti-cancer benefits.
All the more reason to eat your beets, kids!!
Now, I’ve tried to eat beets before, plain or roasted, and just couldn’t do it. They were too… earthy for me.
BUT, this Raw Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing is by far, one of my favorite salads. Even with the beets!!
It is very refreshing, and the ginger and lime balance out the sweetness of the carrots and apple perfectly. Everyone who has tried it (even those who, like me, openly don’t like beets) have liked this salad and asked for the recipe!
I like to make a big batch of this, and we’ll eat from it for several days. We eat it just like we would with any side dish, along with chicken, or ham.
Raw Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing
Light and refreshing, this Raw Beet Salad will even make the beet-haters want a second helping!
- 3 – 4 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed
- 2-3 teaspoons fresh ginger root, finely grated
- 1 ¾ cup peeled & grated beet roots
- 1 ¾ cup peeled & grated carrots
- 1 ¾ cup peeled & grated apple (such as a Fuji or Pink Lady)
- In a large bowl, combine the grated beets, carrots, and apple.
- Toss in the lime juice and grated ginger, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
When I first started making this recipe, I would add 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Over time, I didn't think the salad needed the extra sweetness or oil - BUT, that's totally up to you. Do whatever tastes good to you.
Megan I just had a beet root salad at Palmer Downtown Deli last week. I expected the beets to be pickled as I had never heard of eating raw beets before. I love beets but my hubby does NOT so I have never bothered with them since I’ve been married. Well I was most surprised to see raw beets finely chopped and tossed in with the greens. I gave him a taste and he actually thought they were good. Yippee…guess what I’ll be growing in my garden from now on. And this recipe looks absolutely yummy. Can’t wait to try it.
MAID in Alaska says
Thanks, Sheri! I didn’t know you could eat them raw either. 🙂 Thanks for the idea with a salad – this would probably be good over raw spinach!
I can never get enough beets when they are in season. This looks like a great recipe to take to a holiday potluck, bet it would be good with some dried cranberries too.
MAID in Alaska says
Dried cranberries… excellent suggestion, Nicole! That does sound yummy!
I added dried cranberries and pumpkin kernels and it was delicious!
Took me a while to get my head (and stomach) wrapped around beets, but since there are so many unique ways to prepare them and not just boiled like back in the day. For instance, a friend made the most delicious raw salad for Thanksgiving as a side–all kinds of julienned vegs with a vinaigrette similar to yours in this post. I went nuts! Scored all the leftovers too and had them for several days afterward. We need to eat more stuff like this!
MAID in Alaska says
Hi Linda! We really do need to eat more raw salads/veggies like this. It’s more goal after Christmas to do that. I remember mom feeding me beets as a kid, but they were chunks in a can – definitely nothing like this!!
[email protected] Free Eats says
This sounds like such a great dish to add balance to a holiday meal. Raw and refreshing. Awesome recipe Megan!
MAID in Alaska says
Thank you, Terris! 🙂
What an outstanding salad. Droollicious right from the gate. This will make a beautiful accompaniment for some dinners this winter.
MAID in Alaska says
Thank you, beyondthepeel! 😉 Happy Holidays!
I hate beets, but I love this salad!
Oh, and you can use the beet greens in a salad, too! I did that last year with some of our harvest. YUM!
Kath Humphrey says
This looks absolutely delicious. We often have raw beets in our salad but I have never tried this combination before.
Another really tasty way to eat beets (although not raw) is roasted with the other vegetables when you have a roast dinner, simply scrub, trim the ends and roll in coconut oil (or substitute oil) and roast as you would for potato etc. This brings out the most amazing flavours
Part of my New Year Resolution is to give beets a go. Thanks for the recipe.
This is so pretty! I want to make it, but my son is allergic to carrots… maybe I’ll try it with broccoli instead!
Made this for lunch today and loved it! Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it!
What a wonderful, fresh salad! I needed a fresh, healthy side to go with a BBQ pork sandwich and this was perfect. I didn’t have lime, so used grapefruit instead + 1/2 TBS of white wine vinegar. Thanks!
Hey Jenni! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – and thanks for the substitution notes!
I just came across your site, thank you for your great recipes, excited to try them.
Heather @Gluten-Free Cat says
So delicious, Megan! I love raw beets! Thanks so much for sharing this salad at Raw Foods Thursdays. Love the salad AND the dressing. Yum! I’ll be highlighting it at tomorrow’s event. Hope to see you tomorrow!!
Thanks so much, Heather! This is one of my favorite salads. 🙂
What would you suggest in place of oil? I am trying to omit oils from my diet and just eating plant based whole foods. Thank you
I think you’d be fine eliminating the oil altogether if you wanted to.
Thank you Megan
Sonya K says
Looks yummy, I bought a 5lb bag of carrots last week, so I’ve been making lots of carrot raisin slaw. I’m sure beets and apples would also taste great with carrots.
Oh they do! Especially with the ginger and the lime. You’ll love it! 😉
Cheryl Tracy says
I tried this salad last night for dinner and I loved it! It will be a regular part of my diet from now on. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Cheryl! Glad you enjoyed it!
I made this dressing for a different beet salad the other night and it was delicious. I’ll definitely make it again!
Led Zep says
Did you know that if you juice beetroot, apple and carrot, you create a ‘miracle drink’ extremely rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals? 🙂
I bet that would be good!
I bet this salad is even healthier! It is SO delish! Perfection!
Karen Graber says
A question about the amounts—is that one and 3/4 cups of beets (& carrots & apples) or just 3/4 cup of beets?
It’s 1 3/4 cup, or one and 3/4 cup. 😉
How long do you think you can leave this in the fridge?
Do you think you could freeze it fir a side dish?
I’d say max 3-4 days in the fridge. It’s best eaten within 1-2 days. I definitely do not recommend freezing this dish.
It won’t freeze, or rather it will, but when it thaws I know at least the carrots will be mush.
Yummo! Made this last night and I added pear! Had it over salad, used ginger power, had no fresh ginger.
Thanks for the recipe!
Will definitely try this recipe too. I have a recipe with 2 beets peeled & grated, 3 big carrots & 2 apples washed & grated, can also add thinly sliced lettuce, celery & any other vegies, nuts & seeds of choice, to give extra crunch, flavour & make the salad go further. the dressing, is juice of 1 orange, 3 Tblspn oil ( I used grape oil my choice) 1/2 Tspn paprika, & 1/2 Tspn cumin powder. Sultanas can be added if liked. I use the sultanas in my Carrot & orange salad. Trying raw vegie salads is surprising just how many people just LOVE them when they have a try.
Thank you Meagan! I tried your recipe in search of a beet recipe that I might like. Like you, I never had liked the beets I’d tried before. This was very good! My family enjoyed it too..
That’s great! Thanks for letting me know, Nora. I’m glad you all enjoyed it!
Pamela W Maxson says
This isn´t a good recipe, this is a GREAT recipe! I keep making it to go along side a big green salad! Thank you for a recipe that is good for you AND that actually tastes delicious! I would not change a thing. I find that I don´t need a lot of honey, but I do still put a little in my salad.
Thanks for coming back here and letting me know your thoughts, Pamela! I’m glad you enjoy it!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this slaw! I have no idea how I first came across it, but have been making it at Thanksgiving (and in the fall, in general) for many years. It’s seasonal and such a phenomenally clean balance to the rest of the meal. Also, it keeps really well. Thank you so very much!
You are very welcome! I’m happy you enjoy it.