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In this crunchy, flavor-packed beet salad recipe, we pair naturally sweet, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory beets with carrot, parsley, pumpkin seeds, and an easy homemade pomegranate vinaigrette!

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Do you ever get a really weird craving? One of the most random food cravings I get every so often is for beets.

(Side Note: The last time a beet craving hit I made Borscht! All I can say is that if you think you don’t like beets, make this soup.)

This easy raw beet salad has just a few fruits and veggies, but it packs a huge punch of flavor in addition to the obvious nutritional benefits. Naturally sweet beets, carrot, parsley, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds combine for a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor.

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I love whipping up a quick pomegranate dressing for this salad! With onion, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate molasses, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and black pepper, it has a nice balanced sweet/tart/savory flavor, and pairs perfectly with the veggies in the salad.

If you want to detox (or just like eating healthy), but don’t want to be restricted to nibbling on leafy greens, this salad is the way to go!

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The Health Benefits of This Detox Beet Salad

Beets

Gorgeous, jewel-toned, deep crimson-colored beets are absolutely delicious. Earthy, but so sweet, they’re almost like candy.

However, unlike candy, beets provide fabulous antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

Beets are rich in betalain pigments (which help your body eliminate toxins) and are a good source of folate, potassium, manganese, and copper.

They’re also low in calories, high in fiber, and contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, and iron.

Beets are fabulous for purifying the blood and detoxing the liver. Eating beets raw is the best way to maximize their health benefits. And of course it’s the easiest way to prepare them (double win!). This is why I kept the beets raw in this salad.

You can read more about the health benefits of beets on Cleveland Clinic and Healthline.

Carrots

Carrot is high in beta carotene, which is the antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A.

Find out more about the nutrition of carrot on Web MD and Mind Body Green.

Parsley

Parsley is another ingredient that’s known for its antioxidant qualities.

You can read about it on Dr. Axe and Healthline.

Pomegranate

Be sure you don’t skip the pomegranate arils, which are rich in antioxidants and may help prevent heart disease! And bonus, they add a lovely sweet pop of flavor.

You can read more about pomegranate on UCLA Health.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a deliciously nutty, crunchy finishing touch. And they’re also a great source of several vitamins and minerals, like vitamin B3 and zinc.

Read more about pumpkin seeds on LiveStrong.

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The Easy Raw Beet Salad Recipe You’ll Fall in Love With

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

Beet Detox Salad Recipe Ingredients

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  • Beet
  • Carrot
  • Parsley
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Pumpkin seeds

Ingredients in Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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  • Red onion
  • Balsamic vinegar – or your favorite vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • Pomegranate molasses
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

How to Prep the Vegetables for Raw Beet Salad

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  1. Chop the parsley.
  2. Shred the beet.
  3. Shred the carrot.
  4. Add the beet, carrot, and parsley to a large bowl.

How to Make Easy Raw Beet Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

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  1. Stir together all ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside (ideally, do this before you start chopping the veggies do the flavors in the dressing have time to blend).
  2. Add the vinaigrette.
  3. Stir together until well-mixed.
  4. The beets will stain the salad crimson. Right before serving, sprinkle the pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds on top.

Tips for Making Detox Salad with Beet

  • Know that beets will stain your hands. (And yes, also your urine!) It’ll usually wash off your hands after two or three washes, but you can wear food-safe gloves if you prefer.
  • You can swap out the balsamic vinegar in the pomegranate dressing. Instead of balsamic, you can use fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or any type of vinegar you like.
  • Add the pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds right before serving. The salad will keep well in a glass container in the fridge for up to 3 days; just top it off with these two ingredients right before serving.
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Detox Beet Salad FAQs

What is Detox Salad Made From?

This salad contains beet, carrot, parsley, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds. To bump up the nutrition even more, you can add up to 4 cups of chopped baby spinach leaves.

How Long Does Detox Salad Stay Good in the Fridge?

You can store this salad covered in a glass container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Detox Beet Salad Recipe with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
In this crunchy, flavor-packed beet salad recipe, we pair naturally sweet, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory beets with carrot, parsley, pumpkin seeds, and an easy homemade pomegranate vinaigrette!

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Ingredients
 

Pomegranate Vinaigrette:

Beet Detox Salad:

  • 1 large beet preferably organic, scrubbed and shredded
  • 2 medium carrots preferably organic, scrubbed and shredded
  • 1 small bunch organic fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds toasted

Instructions
 

  • Stir together all ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside so the flavors can blend while you prep the veggies.
  • Add the beet, carrot, and parsley to a large bowl along with the vinaigrette. Stir together until well-mixed. The beets will stain the salad crimson.
  • Right before serving, sprinkle the pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds on top.

Notes

  • Storage: The salad will keep well in a glass container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Top with the pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds right before serving.
  • Balsamic Vinegar Substitute: Instead of balsamic vinegar in the vinaigrette, you can use fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or any type of vinegar you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5125IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beet Carrot Salad, Beet Carrot Salad Recipe, Beet Salad, Beet Salad Recipe, Detox Salad, Detox Salad Recipe, Pomegranate Dressing, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Raw Beet Salad, Raw Beet Salad Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on December 31, 2014. It was updated with more information on January 1, 2024.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am NOT a doctor, medical practitioner, or nutritionist of any kind. Nothing in this post should be construed as medical or nutrition advice. The information about each ingredient in this soup was sourced from the pages that I linked to for each item; please head over to each page for more detailed information. If you need medical advice you should immediately seek a physician’s care.

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7 Comments

  1. This salad looks really delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to make this at home. I’m sure my family will love this too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. I love beetroots but I have to admit that I rarely eat them raw. This detox salad makes such perfect use of the humble beetroot and I definitely must make it!

  3. I could not have asked for a better way to use up all the beets in my fridge. These flavors are wonderful!

  4. Just gorgeous! I just emailed this to a friend of mine who loves beets!

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