Recipe: Grilled Golden Beet Salad With Quinoa and Citrus Dressing

Salad Recipes, Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

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This golden beet salad made with quinoa and a citrus dressing is so flavor-packed, nutritious, and beautiful to boot.

I absolutely love beets. They are one of my favorite foods, so when I spy the beautiful and less common golden beet at the farmer’s market or grocery store, I get really excited to make this salad.

I eat this golden beet salad as a weekday lunch, but it also makes for an impressive side dish when I’m hosting a group. I appreciate how easy it is to whip together and that I can make all the parts ahead of time if I want.

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    How To Grill Beets

    If the thought of cooking beets worries you, fear not! This method of cooking beets couldn’t be more simple. When it comes time to prep this golden beet salad, my favorite way to cook beets is on the grill. You can easily cook your beets in the oven or boiled on the stovetop, but the grill adds another layer of flavor, and they cook quickly.

    • Start by peeling your beets with a vegetable peeler. The nice thing about using golden beets is that they don’t stain everything as purple beets do. Pro Tip: buy larger beets; they are easier to peel!
    • Cut your beets into even pieces.
    • Then put them in a foil packet (I recommend the non-stick tin foil), and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Grill the golden beets on a 400-500 degree grill for about 30 minutes, giving the packet a shake and a flip about 1/2 way through.
    • You’ll know when they are done when you can easily slide a fork into them.

    What Makes Golden Beets Different

    Golden beets have less of an earthy taste than purple beets. They are sweet and have a more mild flavor than purple beets. If you’re serving this salad to someone who claims that they are not to be a beet fan, these tend to be more palatable for those people.

    Despite the color difference, golden beets have all the same nutritional benefits as purple beets!

    How To Make A Golen Beet Salad

      1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and allow to cool. You can prep this several day ahead if you wish.
      2. Preheat grill to 400 and grill foil packet of golden beets. This step can also be prepared several days ahead of time.
      3. In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, arugula or spinach, golden beets, and red onion.
      4. Cut one large orange into four parts and reserve one quarter for dressing. Pull apart the remaining 3/4 orange into bite-sized segments and add to the salad bowl.
      5. Top with pecans or pistachios.
      6. Crumble blue cheese or goats cheese on top

    How To Make The Citrus Dressing

    • Mix apple cider vinegar and olive oil with juice from reserved orange and toss over salad.

    Total Time: 60 minutes

    Yield: 6 serving(s)


    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 3 beets, cleaned and washed
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Sprinkle of salt
    • 2 cups arugula
    • 1/4 cup red onion
    • 1 large orange, segmented
    • 1/2 cup candied pecans
    • Dressing
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup cup olive oil
    • 1/4 orange, juiced


    1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and allow to cool.
    2. Preheat oven to 400.
    3. Place peeled and cut golden beets in a foil pack and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Grill for 30 minutes or until tender.
    4. In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, arugula, beets and red onion.
    5. Cut 1 large orange into 4 parts and reserve 1 quarter for dressing. Pull apart remaining 3/4 orange into bite-size segments and add to salad bowl.
    6. Mix dressing ingredients with juice from reserved orange and toss over salad.
    7. Top with pecans or pistachios
    8. Crumble blue cheese or goat cheese on top.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Calories: 363

    Protein: 6 gram(s)

    Fat: 24 gram(s)

    Carbohydrates: 33 gram(s)

    Fiber: 5 gram(s)

    Sugar: 11 gram(s)

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    Love these recipes! However they are very difficult to print out just the recipe. I would like to share these with clients but I want an easy one click print link. Unless I’m missing something it prints every thing :-(

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      You could try copying and pasting the recipe into a word document and just printing that out so everything else doesn't print. Might be a good work around! Good suggestion though we will see what we can do in the future.

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    The citrus salad from Costco was the best. It was so delicious. Too bad it was discontinued. Loved it. I will try to make it with the help of the above recipe.

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