Fresh Herb and Raw Beet Salad Recipe

The other day I was craving something fresh and light that also packs a lot of flavor. I had also come across a reasonably-priced Japanese mandolin slicer, which I love for shaving super thin slices of vegetables for raw salads. When I make beet salad for guests, everyone seems to have a story about growing up eating canned beets, as if to say: Thanks, but no thanks.  But after a bite of fresh raw or roasted beets, they start asking for the recipe.

Herb and Shaved Beet Salad

Yield: 6
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Piled high with fresh herbs, this raw beet salad is light and makes the most of fresh raw vegetables. Use your favorite combination of herbs, including parsley, chervil, dill, mint, etc. If possible, use a mandolin for super thin slices. A sprinkle of cheese, like feta, or shavings of ricotta salata add saltiness to complement the natural sweetness of the beets. 


  • 2 large beets (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion such as Walla Walla
  • About 2 cups fresh herbs (mint, parsley, dill, chives)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fleur de sel or other finishing salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Lemon juice or white wine vinegar


  1. Peel, trim and halve beets; thinly slice beets and onions, preferably using a mandolin slicer. Toss together with a bit of oil, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pile beets and onions on a large serving dish. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon and finish with some fleur de sel or Maldon flaky salt.


This is excellent chilled the next day or layered into a sandwich.

Date Published: May 14, 2012

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3 comments... read them below or add one


  1. May 16, 2012 1:54 pm by Laurie Constantino Reply

    Lovely salad and the raw beets were surprisingly delicious. The fresh herbs perfectly balanced the earthy flavor of raw beets. I’ll be making this regularly!

  2. May 27, 2012 6:51 pm by Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef Reply

    What a gorgeous salad! I like torn herbs too and always use them in salads. I make a similar salad and add orange slices to it.

    • May 29, 2012 3:33 pm by Kim Reply

      Orange works so well with beets…thanks for reminding me.

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