Winter Greens Salad with Pickled Beets

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $1.85
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3Medium Beets
1 tbspOlive Oil
3 cupsWinter Greens (Radicchio, Endive, Frisee)
2 tbspWalnuts (or Pine Nuts, Almonds, etc)
4Radishes, thinly sliced
1 tbspLemon Juice
1/4 cupFeta Cheese, crumbled
Pickling Liquid
1 cupWater
1 1/2 cupsApple Cider Vinegar (or White Vinegar)
1/4 cupBrown Sugar
1 tspBlack Peppercorns
1 tbspSea Salt
1Bay Leaf
1 tspCoriander Seed
1 tspDried Chili


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle beets with about 1 tsp of olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Place beet package on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes. Remove the skins from the beets. The skins will come off easily once the beets are cooked through. Slice into ¼ inch pieces.
  3. Bring pickling liquid to a boil, turn off the heat and add sliced beets. Allow beets to sit in the brine for at least 20 minutes. (You can seal the beets in a jar with brine and keep in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks.)
  4. Combine winter greens, walnuts, radishes, feta and pickled beets in a salad bowl. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice and about 1 tsp of pickling liquid.


  • ​Beets are rich in a rare type of phytonutrient (nutrient found in plants) called betalains, which may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying effects on the body.
  • Cooking time matters! Betalains are sensitive to heat - the longer beets are cooked, the more betalains are lost. If you are steaming your beets, limit cooking time to15 minutes or less. If you are roasting them, keep your cooking time under an hour. This recipe limits heat exposure and time, which maximizes the nutritional value of the beets.
  • Endive may help fight ovarian cancer thanks to a phytonutrient called kaempferol. Ovarian cancer cells which are exposed to kaempferol are unable to grow blood vessels to feed themselves and they eventually die. In a study of more than 60,000 women in the Netherlands, those who ate endive had a 75% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer.