Winter Salad with Beans, Potato & Roasted Beets

The beets color this warm winter salad a delightful purple, but if you like to keep colors separate, add the beets last. This salads good on its own as a side dish, or as a base for pan-fried fish or chicken.

Note: Dried beans benefit from overnight (6-8 hours) soaking in water to cut down on cooking time. The value of beans will increase about 2-3 times, so make sure you cover them with plenty of water, at least 3 cups of water for every cup of beans.

I don't use canned beans, but if you must, make sure to rinse them several times to avoid the unpleasant metallic "canned" flavor.

Serves: 4-5


  • 1 cup dried cannelloni, great northern, or kidney beans beans, soaked overnight (I used the mix of beans)
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 4-5 medium red beets, roasted, peeled and sliced (or boiled)
  • 5-6 small potatoes, boiled in their skin and cut into bite-sized pieces (I used purple potatoes, but new potatoes would be very good for this salad)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3-4 Tbsp. fresh herbs, finely chopped (cilantro, parsley)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Drain the soaked beans and place in a clean pot with fresh water to cover. Bring slowly to a simmer and cook until the beans are tender, about 20 - 25 minutes, depending on age of beans. Drain and while still warm, combine in a large bowl with the onion, oil, vinegar, beets, garlic, fresh herbs and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and serve at room temperature.


La Table De Nana said...
February 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM  

The colors are gorgeous,as your props are.
You have great taste Yelena..and I love your new profile pic..we have both let our hair grow even longer:)

Yelena Strokin said...
February 18, 2015 at 8:55 PM  

Monique, I never had my hair that long, but my husband love long hair, so will see how far I can grow-))

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...
February 19, 2015 at 2:15 AM  

A flavourful and scrumptious salad.



Angie Schneider said...
February 19, 2015 at 5:48 AM  

It looks hearty and delicious. Gorgeous clicks, as always!

theroadtoserendipity said...
February 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM  

This is my idea of heaven Yelena. Pairing potatoes and beets and beans gives you something both scrumptious and hearty to keep you going all day. I might have to make this for my lunch at school one day soon. I reckon it would keep me firing on all mental cylinders. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us all :)

Medeja said...
February 20, 2015 at 1:33 AM  

Salad with beetroot! I like beetroot, very delicious and healthy vegetable. Looks very yummy!

Shibi Thomas said...
March 6, 2015 at 7:21 AM  

This salad looks so good. I loved roasted vegetables salad. Loved the first picture!!

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