French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette recipe. A fresh and delicious naturally sweet beet salad made with boiled beets and seasoned with a simple mustard vinaigrette.

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I love incorporating salads into my diet in unique and delicious ways. The more flavor and texture, the better if you ask me.

This French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette is exactly my type of salad. It is a versatile and tasty salad that reminds me of the beet salads that I have eaten in France.

It is made with a few healthy ingredients and is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, and just overall healthy!

Note this recipe was originally published in December of 2014, and updated with new photos in March of 2021.

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I know beet salad might sound weird (to those not used to it) , but I promise it is so so sweetly delicious!

This French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette reminds me of France and not just because my mom ( who is French) makes this salad all the time.

It reminds me of France because when I lived in Bordeaux, I used to buy these ready-made portions of carrot salad in lemon dressing and beet salad in mustard vinaigrette. And they were just delicious!

I would add each of them to a big green salad to create an amazing salad full of flavor and texture.

Well, I no longer live in France, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep making these healthy delicious salads!

Ingredients needed to make this French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • fresh beets
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • horseradish mustard or spicy brown mustard
  • ground black pepper
  • salt

That is it!

You can use tarragon vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar but it is harder to find.

As for the mustard, you can use horseradish mustard, spicy brown mustard or dijon mustard. Anything with an extra tang and that isn’t too sweet.

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How to make this simple beet salad:

Step 1: boil the beets

To start, you have to boil the beets!

To make sure this works best, cut the beets in half and then put them into a large pan. Then fill the pan with water until the tops of the beets are just covered in water.

Then let them boil for roughly 35 minutes. Until they are cooked through and fork tender.

Note: fork tender for beets is different than potatoes. They will still feel harder but a knife can easily cut through them.

If anything, boil them for an extra 5 minutes if you aren’t sure that they are ready.

Step 2: cut and peel the beets

I usually start dicing the beets on a cutting board and while I am cutting them, the skin peels off.

If this works for you, do it this way.

If not, you can thinly cut the skin off.

Step 3: make the dressing

The dressing is easy to make. All you have to do is mix the mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper together until the mixture thickens.

Step 4: mix the dressing into the beets

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Tips on serving this boiled beet salad:

This recipe makes a small side salad amount of beet salad. So if you want more of it, you can easily double it.

I love to serve this French Beet Salad with goat cheese on top. The tart goat cheese pairs so well with the sweetness of the beets.

I also love to make some grilled chicken to add on the side.

And lastly, I like to add this beet salad to another salad all together. One of my favorite ways to serve salad is to have different veggies separated out or different kinds of salads separated out and then I mix it all together as I eat it.

French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette (Paleo, Dairy-free, Gluten-Free) | Perchance to Cook

Other healthy salads you may enjoy:

Lightened Up Broccoli Salad

Lemon Arugula Salad

Asian Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

A fresh and delicious naturally sweet beet salad made with boiled beets and seasoned with a simple mustard vinaigrette.
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French Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette (Paleo, Dairy-free, Gluten-Free)

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs horseradish mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Cut the beets in half and put them into a large pan.
  • Fill the pan with water, until the beets are just covered.
  • Set the heat to high until the water boils. Then lower to medium.
  • Boil the beets for 35 minutes, until fork tender or you can easily stab it with a knife.
  • Drain the beets and let them cool.
  • Once the beets cool, dice them.
  • While dicing, you’ll notice that the outer skin easily falls off– throw the skin away.
  • Put the diced beets into a bowl and set aside while you make the dressing.
  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, mustard, black pepper, and salt together. Pour the dressing on top of the diced beets. Mix and serve.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: French
Keyword: french beet salad