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Best Beet Salad Recipe
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Best Beet Salad

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"My Mom's recipe for cold beet salad -- the only way she could get us kids to eat beets! Now I add hard-boiled eggs and it is even better. People who do not normally like beets will probably like them this way."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. Place egg in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel, and chop.
  2. Before cooking the beets, wash them gently under cold water, being careful not to pierce the thin skin. Place in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and cook until they pierce easily with a thin knife, about 15 minutes.
  3. To peel cooked beets, cut off both ends, then hold the beets under cold running water and slip off the skins. Leave to cool until able to handle, then grate them into a medium bowl.
  4. Add eggs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper; mix gently. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 01, 2008

beets are good with mayo just less like two tablespoons add eggs and potatos and green pees.Very good salad to go with spanish rice

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 19, 2007

the mayo. didn't really go with the beets all that well.

Mar 31, 2008

This has become my favorite way to eat beets. I altered the recipe a bit. I added carrots which I steam whole with the beets and then dice. I also add lemon juice and cilantro to taste. Yum!

Jul 29, 2007

Sorry.. Didn't like this. I agree with the previous writer, the Mayo and Beets... not a good thing. Beets need a strong dressing .. sweet and sour, sweet only ? Not sure. Roasted Beets are the best that one can do.... pull them, wash them, and roast in the oven, peel off the skins, offer salt peeper and butter............ and oh wow yummy... Go back to the simple stuff...................

Mar 18, 2008

In defense of this recipe, mayonnaise with beets is an excellent combination for those of us who love it! This is delicious in our home and the only way my little ones would ever touch a beet. I never eat beats without mayo unless they are pickled. What makes this extra good is that these beets are fresh....yummy! I leave off the seasoning since for me the mayo was just right.

Sep 01, 2010

This is the recipe my mom made too, but added some chopped celery. She always used Miracle Whip with about a TBSP of sugar and dash of milk (instead of mayo). Janet Ballantyne of Garden's Way suggested baking washed beets for about 1 1/2 hours (when you have something else in the oven anyway). Make sure to leave the skins & tap root on and leave 1 inch of stem. Cool in cold water and the skins will slip off easily. Baking instead of boling results in less color and flavor loss.

Jun 06, 2008

I loved this recipe. I grew up with a mother who cooked "Southern", using mayonnaise for a salad dressing, so it didn't taste foreign to the beets. I used 1/2 vegetarian mayo and 1/2 Greek yogurt. I think my 4 yr old DGD will love this pretty pink salad!

Jun 29, 2009

I disagree with previous raters...I do think beets and mayo go well together. Since beets are sweet already, the mayo is a good contrast. However, after I made it, my sister added a few chopped pickle and celery, and that was also a nice compliment! I also have tried this with regular red beets and golden beets. The parsley would probably be a good addition too!


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  • Calories
  • 185 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.2 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 16.3 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 181 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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