Charred Onions & Beets with Creamy Feta Dressing


Taking the time to char the onions creates bold flavor and enhances its natural sweetness. Roasted walnut oil adds rich, buttery flavor, but olive oil works as well too.

Charred Onion & Beets with Creamy Feta Dressing
Photo: Charlotte & Johnny Autry
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings

  • 3 pounds peeled cooked small beets, quartered

  • 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons roasted walnut oil

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 5 tablespoons sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish

  • 1 small clove garlic, grated

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion slices and cook, flipping once, until charred, about 8 minutes. Separate the slices into rings. Toss and continue cooking for 1 minute. Set aside.

  2. Combine beets, 2 tablespoons vinegar, walnut oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Set aside.

  3. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup feta, dill and garlic with the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor and process until smooth.

  4. Spread the dressing on a serving platter. Top with the beets and onions. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup feta, walnuts and more dill, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 73IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Vitamin K 10mcg 8%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Magnesium 11mg 3%
Potassium 69mg 1%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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