By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This beautiful side salad mixes the flavors of sweet beets, savory gorgonzola and tangy vinaigrette. Chopped apple, celery and walnuts add crunch.

Number of servings

Serves 8
  1. Healthy carb
  2. Low Sodium


  1. 1 small bunch beets, or enough canned beets (no salt added) to make 3 cups, drained
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon water
  6. 8 cups fresh salad greens
  7. 1/4 cup chopped apple
  8. 1/4 cup chopped celery
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  11. 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled


Steam raw beets in water in saucepan until tender. Slip off skins. Rinse to cool. Slice in 1/2-inch rounds. In a medium bowl, toss with red wine vinegar.

In a large bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil and water. Add salad greens and toss.

Put greens onto individual salad plates. Top with sliced beets, and chopped apples and celery. Sprinkle with pepper, walnuts and cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 1.5 cups total (1 cup lettuce and 1/2 cup beets)

  • Total carbohydrate 12 g
  • Dietary fiber 3 g
  • Sodium 135 mg
  • Saturated fat 1.5 g
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 1.5 g
  • Calories 105
  • Added sugars 0 g

This recipe is one of 400 recipes collected in the "Fix-It and Enjoy-It! Healthy Cookbook" published by Good Books.

May 29, 2015