Sweet, quick-pickled beets, peppery watercress and the delicate licorice flavor of crunchy fennel make a healthy salad that artfully balances flavor, texture and color.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add beets, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon syrup and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the beets. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes and up to 2 days.

  • To serve, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, oil and pepper in a large bowl. Add watercress and sliced fennel; toss to coat. Arrange the beets around the edge of a platter and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid. Mound the salad in the center. Top with pistachios and cheese. Garnish with chopped fennel fronds, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare beets (Step 1); cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; dietary fiber 3.8g 15% DV; sugars 9.4g; fat 10.9g 17% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 5.6mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 1340.9IU 27% DV; vitamin c 20.8mg 35% DV; folate 98.1mcg 25% DV; calcium 104.8mg 11% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 36.8mg 13% DV; potassium 544.2mg 15% DV; sodium 276.3mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV; added sugar 3g.

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I will make this again! It was DELICIOUS. I made it with goat cheese because I just think beets and goat cheese belong together. Very tasty VERY healthy! Read More