A beautiful winter salad of roasted or steamed beets, arugula, orange segments, walnuts, and a goat style cheese. This simple beet salad is elegant enough for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table, but easy enough for year-round meal prep lunches. 

Bowls of beautiful beet salad with arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, oranges, and a homemade beet salad dressing.

Last weekend we took a last minute trip up to Carmel Valley Ranch. We literally decided to go on Sunday at noon and hopped in the car an hour later. The first day I indulged on things I don’t usually eat too much of, so the next night I ordered the beet salad and it was just what I needed. I had forgotten how much I love beet salad and vowed to make it for you when I got home. 

Beet salad is the perfect mix of sweet and earthy beets, bright and fresh greens, crunchy walnuts, and creamy, tangy cheese. Use your favorite vinaigrette, or use the orange vinaigrette I used here. If you like this salad, you’ll also love my Pear and Walnut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. 

How to Cook Beets

Raw beets on a steamer in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. How to cook beets in the Instant Pot.

Roasted Beets

There are a few different way to cook beets. For a long time my favorite way has been to roasting. Roasting whole beets yields the sweetest flavor. A few years ago I posted this recipe on how to roast beets in foil. More recently I learned that aluminum may not be very healthy, so I posted how to roast beets without foil

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Beets

Roasting isn’t the only way to cook beets, and when I’m in a hurry I now use my Instant Pot pressure cooker to steam the beets. If you’re an Instant Pot lover like I am, check out my Instant Pot Lentil Soup, Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili, and the rest of my Instant Pot recipes! 

Cooked whole red beets are peeled on a cutting board before slicing for beet salad.

However you decide to cook the beets, I like to keep them whole. There’s no need for a vegetable peeler. Once the beets are tender, the skins slip right off. I usually peel them with my hands under cold running water. 

Cooked red beets have been sliced into wedges for a beet salad recipe.

Cut the cooked beets crosswise into rounds or into wedges. You can leave them plain and ready for your salad or give them a little drizzle of balsamic. 

A jar of orange vinaigrette sits on a counter for beet salad.

Beet Salad Dressing 

I can think of several salad dressings that would be delicious on this beet salad, from simple olive oil and balsamic, to my favorite Lemon Tahini Dressing to Oil-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette. Homemade Orange Vinaigrette seemed like a natural fit with the other winter ingredients, and it was absolutely delicious. 

Segmented oranges on a cutting board to add to beet winter salad.

Other Delicious Beet Salad Ingredients

  • orange segments 
  • walnuts
  • soft cheese (I like Treeline, Miyoko’s and Kite Hill which are nut-based) 
  • pomegranate arils 
  • thinly sliced red onion 

Beet salad with arugula, goat cheese, walnuts and a homemade orange beet dressing. This healthy winter beet salad is easy to make vegan and gluten free!

Beet Salad Tips & Tricks 

  • Make it a meal by adding cooked quinoa and chickpeas. 
  • Beets are a great item to add to your food prep routine and add to salads and lunch boxes all week. 
  • Make peeling easy and less messy by peeling whole cooked beets under running water. 
  • Keep the beet greens! Saute later with garlic and olive oil or add to stir fry. 
  • This salad is also delicious with a more delicate lettuce like butter leaf. 
  • If you’re pressure cooking your beets and they are still hard, give them another 5 minutes at high pressure. 

The best beet salad recipe! Winter salad of roasted or pressure cooked Instant Pot beets, arugula, orange segments, walnuts, and goat cheese with homemade beet salad dressing. This delicious winter salad is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or winter lunch meal prep. #vegetarian #vegan #glutenfree


Yield: Serves 6

Beet Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Winter salad of roasted or steamed beets, arugula, orange segments, walnuts, and goat cheese with homemade beet salad dressing. You'll love this beet salad.

Beet Salad



  1. To cook the beets in your Instant Pot, add one cup of water to the pot and place beets on the steamer basket. Cook on manual mode for 15-20 minutes depending on their size, then quick pressure release. Carefully remove the lid and make sure they are fork-tender. To roast beets in the oven, follow the instructions here.
  2. Allow beets to cool enough to handle. Slip the skins off under cool running water. Cut into rounds or wedges.
  3. Place arugula in a large salad bowl and toss with desired amount of dressing. Arrange orange beet pieces on top. Sprinkle with walnuts and cheese. I don't toss this all together as the beets will turn the whole salad pink.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229