Mark Bittman's Raw Beet Salad

Mark Bittman's Raw Beet Salad

About This Recipe

Yield:4 servings


  • 1 to 11/2 pounds beets, preferably small
  • 2 large shallots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or other good strong vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh tarragon, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. 1

    Peel the beets and the shallot. Combine them in a food processor and pulse carefully until the beets are shredded; do not purée. (Or grate the beets by hand and mince the shallots; combine.) Scrape into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add the mustard, oil, and vinegar and toss. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Toss in the herbs and serve.

  3. 3

    Raw Beet Salad with Cabbage and Orange. Use equal parts beet and cabbage, about 1/2 pound of each. Shred the beets (with the shallot) as directed, then shred the cabbage by hand or by using the slicing disk of the food processor. Add 1 navel orange (including its juice), peeled and roughly chopped, to the rest of the ingredients.

  4. 4

    Raw Beet Salad with Fennel. Use equal parts beet and fennel, about 1/2 pound of each. Shred the beets (with the shallot) as directed, then shave the fennel very thinly. Omit the Dijon and substitute lemon juice for the sherry vinegar.

  5. 5

    Raw Beet Salad with Carrot and Ginger. Use equal parts beet and carrot, about 1/2 pound of each. Treat the carrots like the beets (you can process them together) and add about a tablespoon of minced ginger to the mix; omit the tarragon. Substitute peanut for olive oil, lime juice for sherry vinegar, and cilantro for the parsley.

  6. 6

    Celery Rémoulade. Replace the beets with 1 medium celery root or 1 bunch celery (1 to 11/2 pounds). Peel the celery root and cut it into matchsticks or trim the celery and slice thinly. Mince the shallot. In Step 2, replace the olive oil with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise if you like.

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