15-minute Balsamic Beet Salad with Kale! A beautiful, healthy holiday side dish – looks so festive with deep red beets paired with leafy green kale! Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.
Beautiful beets! I love how festive this dish looks with those bright red beets paired with leafy green kale. It makes a perfect (healthy!) holiday side dish. And super easy to prepare – just 7 ingredients & 15 minutes. I take help from Love Beets pre-cooked baby beets (not sponsored, just love ’em!) but feel free to roast your own fresh beets if you’d prefer!
This beet salad is so nutrient-dense and flavorful with a quick garlic-dijon balsamic dressing. I’m thinking it’d be lovely as a main dish or take-along lunch as well with some garbanzos added! Hope you enjoy as much as we do. If you’re meal planning for the holidays, here are a few more of our side dish favorites:
Almond-Garlic Green Beans
Vegan Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Maple-Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash & Kale Salad
Maple-Cinnamon Butternut Squash
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Balsamic Beet & Kale Salad
- 1 bunch kale
- 4-5 cooked baby beets*
- 1/4 cup red onion
- Sunflower seeds for sprinkling
- Optional: I also love pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts in this!
For the dressing
- 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. water
- Salt to taste
- Make dressing: add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Tear kale into bite sized pieces, stems removed. Place in a large bowl and gently massage.
- Thinly slice red onion and dice beets. Place in bowl.
- Re-stir dressing and pour over top. Toss to thoroughly combine.
- (Note: depending on your taste and how big your kale bunch is, you may not need the full amount of dressing. I do like mine tangy so start with a smaller amount and go from there if you wish!)
- Sprinkle sunflower seeds over top before serving.
- Best eaten within 1-2 days.
- (It marinates as it sits, so I love having this in the fridge throughout the day for snacking! It does tend to dull in color due to the balsamic though.)