Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Beet Carrot Salad
This Vegan & Gluten Free Salad is full of sweet, smoky and salty flavors. A great balance of flavors inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi.
A few years ago I was party of the I Heart Cooking Club, where we would explore the recipes of celebrity chefs around the world.
Yotam Ottolenghi is a UK based Israeli chef who presents modern inspired Middle Eastern cuisine. While part of this group I explored Ottolenghi’s recipes and I was immediately turned on to the delicious cuisine of this celebrity chef. He focuses on using fresh ingredients and his recipes are largely Vegetarian.
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Other Ottolenghi Recipes
- Fried Okra in Tomato Bread Sauce
- Stuffed Doughnuts with Orange Yogurt Sauce
- Spinach Chickpea Soup with Roasted Carrots
I made a few revisions to his recipe including using different herbs and spinach instead of cabbage, among other minor changes. This was my first time utilizing beets without cooking them first so I was a little skeptical, but they were totally edible with a nice crunch – pretty much the same texture as the raw carrots.
Now I often use raw grated beets in salads.
This fresh & healthy salad makes a great side salad to any meal.
The dressing really is so full of flavor!
Beet Carrot Salad
- 1 beet peeled and grated
- 2 carrots peeled and grated
- 12 dried apricots sliced
- 4 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds toasted
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup mint finely chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
- 4 cups spinach leaves firmly packed, sliced
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ginger grated
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, honey, sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon and ginger. While whisking constantly, drizzle in the olive oil and mix well.
- In a large bowl, combine beets, carrots, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, mint and parsley.
- Toss well until thoroughly combined.
- Add spinach and the dressing. Toss gently.
- Serve, garnished with more almonds and seeds, if desired.
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Once again, YO gives a plate packed with interesting flavours! Great pick … and festive colors of the season too! You wise woman, you!
A beautiful plate of salad! I have never tried using beet in a salad before. 'With all the wonderful ingredients together with the salad dressing, I can see that this is one delicious plate of salad! A great potluck dish!
Beet carrot salad looks so crunchy !
This looks so good!
This root vegetable salad looks delicious, always beet and carrot make wonderful combo.
Wow, this is a stunning combination of ingredients. The crunch from the beets, almonds and seeds and then the sweetness of the apricots. Very interesting, but then again, Ottolenghi is the king of combining unique flavors and textures. Very pretty!
Drooling here. Very inviting.
I love beets but normally cook them. This seems very interesting. The combination is unusual but looking at it I think it is a winner. Great choice.
What a pretty salad! The flavours and variety of textures sound amazing.
Deb in Hawaii
Such a colorful and healthy looking recipe. I need to go back and spend some more Ottolenghi time. 😉
Couscous & Consciousness
Stunning looking salad, Mireille – so pleased you revisited Ottolenghi this week. Love all the wonderful colours, textures and flavours in this salad – but then from Ottolenghi we have come to expect nothing less.
That’s such a colourful salad with flavourful dressing.
Thanks – the dressing does make the salad so delicious!
Whole bunch of healthy stuff here! love the color and texture of the salad!
Yes – it is a healthy, colorful and delicious salad!
I used to use fresh beets in salads until I realized it need to be cooked. I thought I was using it wrong. Good to know raw beets are ok in salads. This is a colorful and flavorful salad.
Lovely hued and flavored salad. I can imagine the melange of flavors just reading the list of ingredients and looking at it.
Yes it is quite a colorful and delicious salad
Beetroot carrot salad with lot of nuts and seeds looks so flavorful with dressing. Makes a perfect and healthy meal.
yes it definitely is a colorful and flavorful salad to add to any meal
Delicious salad. Very bright and refreshing – would definitely make it again. Thank you!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!