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Fast Carrot and Beetroot Salad (Vegan, Low Calorie)

When you’re in need of a quick salad, this carrot and beetroot salad is just the choice. Easy, simple, naturally sweet, vegan-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low calorie.

bowl of carrot and beet salad

Eating healthy isn’t complicated or time-consuming when there is an excellent selection of fast and easy recipes to choose from.

So today, let’s talk about one of the quickest, easiest recipes around. It’s so easy that there is no cooking involved and very minimal prep.

This fast carrot and beet salad are going to be a game-changer for your busy schedule.

There are just seven ingredients and a few short steps. Therefore, you’ll be able to make this salad in no time at all.

two bowls of grated beet salad

There are a few other really wonderful things about this salad when it comes to health benefits.

First, it’s gluten-free and vegan. Second, it has very few calories (while still being very filling!).

In fact, each serving only has 238 calories.

Ingredients for the Salad

Beets – Beets are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They have a little bit of everything you need ranging from fiber to magnesium.

Red or golden beets will work for this recipe. It’s recommended to buy fresh and cook yourself so that you can control the cooked texture.

If you chose to use canned beets, they might turn right into mush when you grate them.

Carrots – We all know how great carrots are, right? They are also full of fiber and, of course, vitamins and beta-carotene.

It will be tough to replace this item in the salad. So try to use fresh carrots.

You can always experiment with different carrots (like yellow or purple) for various flavors and colors.

Balsamic vinegar – Balsamic vinegar is going to give your dressing a tangy, delightful flavor. You will definitely want to use balsamic vinegar because of its unique sweetness.

Olive oil – Olive oil is an excellent source of healthy fats and antioxidants. It’s also considered a perfect oil option that isn’t associated with gaining weight.

Honey – Honey is a perfect sugar substitute when you are following a healthy diet. Not only is it a great sugar substitute, but it’s has a lot of added health benefits.

Suitable substitutes for honey are maple syrup or agave.

Salt & black pepper – Salt and pepper are included to boost the vegetables and dressing’s natural flavor. Feel free to omit if you’d prefer.

Fresh parsley – Fresh herbs, like parsley, are always a great final addition to any dish. Not only does it add a bright color, but fresh herbs really enhance the overall flavor of the recipe.

If you do not have any fresh parsley, you can substitute it with another fresh herb like basil or mint. 

ingredients

How to Make Carrot and Beet Salad

Now it’s time to make the salad. Start by collecting all of your ingredients.

Ensure that the beets are peeled, and the carrots are clean—no need to peel the carrots if you don’t want to.

 

Step 1: Grate Carrots

It’s time to grab your grater and chop up the carrots and beets. It’s important to start slow with this step!

Remember, graters are sharp and that beets and carrots are tougher fibrous vegetables. Move your hands slowly so that you don’t cut your knuckles!

Start with the carrots to keep things clean and free of the mess that red beets might bring.

grated carrots

Step 2: Grate Your Beets

Red beets are delicious, but they can also cause a big mess. Here are a few tips to remember when dealing with red beets.

First, after they are cooked, try to peel them as soon as possible.

Why? So that the skin comes off nice and easy. Another tip is to use a kitchen towel to help remove the skins.

Simply place the beet in the towel and rub the towel gently around the beet. Then the skin will come right off.

Alternatively, you can use a knife to peel the skin off. However, you risk losing some of that delicious vegetable when you do it this way (especially with smaller beets).

After grating both of the vegetables, place them in a bowl and set aside.

grated beets

Step 3: Make a Salad Dressing

Next, it’s time to make the salad dressing.

You just need to combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper into a small bowl.

That’s it! Mix it together, and the dressing is done.

Bonus tip: This dressing can be used for almost any kind of salad. You can always make a larger amount and keep a jar of it in the fridge for another salad on another day.

salad dressing in bowl

Step 4: Combine All the Ingredients

Now you can combine all of the ingredients by pouring the dressing over the carrots and beets.

Gently toss everything together so that the carrots and beets are evenly coated.

carrots, dressing and beets in bowl

The recipe will make two servings. You can serve both at once, or you can save the other serving for later.

It’s best to consume it within a day or two, though. Finally, don’t forget to finish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

The salad is now done! It’s time to sit back and enjoy.

carrot beet salad with parsley

Is Beetroot Salad Good for Weight Loss?

This salad is an excellent recipe for any weight loss diet plan.

This is because both of the main ingredients are high in fiber, and fiber is a key ingredient when losing weight. You want to eat items high in fiber to keep yourself feeling full between meals.

Additionally, the salad is low in calories, as mentioned before. So you could have it as a healthy snack or even a delicious side option to another low-calorie recipe.

easy carrot beet salad

What Foods Does This Salad Go With?

This salad would go great with several meals. Remember, try to keep these other meal options low calorie as well when trying to lose weight.

You could pair this salad with a protein option like chicken breast, a small steak, or even a few hard-boiled eggs. Any of these sheet pan dinners will work too.

You could also serve this salad with another salad. There is no rule that you can’t have two salads for a meal!

forkful of beet carrot salad

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Fast Carrot and Beetroot Salad

Yield: 2 bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Fast, easy, naturally sweet - this carrot and beet salad is absolutely delicious. It's vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-calorie.

Ingredients

  • 4 beets (cooked & grated)
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • a pinch of salt & black pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Grate beets and carrots.
  2. Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add beets and carrots into a bowl. Cover with the dressing mixture and toss the salad together.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 bowls Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11.5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 28gNet Carbohydrates: 23.9gFiber: 4.1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2.5g

Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.

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