Mexican Beet Salad

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Recipe: #36801

April 13, 2021

"Can add another can of beets if you wish."

Original is 4 servings
  • Dressing


  • Serving Size: 1 (207.1 g)
  • Calories 548.4
  • Total Fat - 16.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 7.9 mg
  • Sodium - 248.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 102.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9.4 g
  • Sugars - 3.5 g
  • Protein - 7.9 g
  • Calcium - 177.7 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Blend the dressing in blender until just combined.

Step 2

Pour over beets.

Step 3

Put in frig overnight.

Step 4

Add herbs and cheese just before serving.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to drain and dice the beets before adding them to the salad.
  • Adjust the amount of cotija cheese to your preference.

  • Substitute the ancho chilies with jalapenos for a spicier flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it will add a kick of heat to the dish, making it more flavorful.
  • Substitute the cotija cheese with feta cheese for a creamier texture. The benefit of this substitution is that it will add a creamy texture to the dish, making it more enjoyable to eat.

Fruity Beet Salad Substitute the Cotija cheese with feta cheese and add 1/2 cup of diced mango and 1/2 cup of diced pineapple to the salad.

Mexican Rice: This flavorful Mexican-style rice is the perfect accompaniment to the Mexican Beet Salad, adding a delicious and filling side dish. The combination of long-grain white rice, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro makes for a dish that's sure to please!

Black Bean Soup: This hearty black bean soup is the perfect accompaniment to the Mexican Rice. The combination of black beans, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro creates a flavorful and filling soup that is sure to be a hit. The smokiness of the black beans pairs perfectly with the zesty flavors of the Mexican Rice, creating a delicious and balanced meal.


Q: How long should I let the salad sit before serving?

A: The salad should be refrigerated overnight to allow the flavors to meld together. Just before serving, add the herbs and cheese.

Q: What type of dressing should I use?

A: Use a light vinaigrette or a citrus-based dressing to enhance the flavors of the salad. You can also add a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.

1 Reviews


We love beets, so I knew this would be really good! And it was! Loved the flavors in the dressing and the way they complemented the beets. My only complaint, and it's not the fault of the recipe, is that the colors didn't go well together, so it's not a particularly pretty presentation. The dressing is a dull army green, so not very complementary. I'll try this again with yellow beets and see how it looks. Regardless, these are really tasty and we'll definitely have these again! Although I always have cotija cheese on hand, if you live somewhere where this is difficult - feel free to use crumbled feta. Not quite the same, but close enough.


review by:
(12 Jun 2022)

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Fun facts:

FUN FACT 1: Mexican Beet Salad is a popular dish in Mexico and is often served during celebrations. It is believed to have been created by the Aztecs, who were known to use beets in their cooking.

FUN FACT 2: Mexican Beet Salad is also popular in the United States, where it has been served by celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart. It has also been featured in several popular cooking magazines and television shows.