Beet Salad Recipe
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Beet Salad Recipe

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We live in the high-mountain country of central Idaho, where the cool climate is idea for root crops like beets. This beet recipe came from a friend many years ago, and it remains one of my favorite party dishes. It's a particularly colorful and refreshing salad to serve at a ladies luncheon or as a tasty complement to a meat dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:9-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9-12 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) diced or julienned beets
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lemon gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • Lettuce leaves, mayonnaise and sliced pimiento-stuffed olives, optional

Nutritional Facts

47 calories: 1 piece, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Drain beets, reserving liquid in a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough water to measure 2 cups. Set beets aside. Place beet juice mixture in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add the cold water, onion, horseradish, vinegar and salt. Chill until partially set.
  2. Stir in the celery, olives and reserved beets. Pour into an 8-in. square dish. Chill until firm, about 3 hours. Cut salad into squares. If desired, serve on a lettuce-lined plate and top with a dollop of mayonnaise and an olive. Yield: 9-12 servings.
Originally published as Beet Salad in Reminisce September/October 1993, p49

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"This recipe had always been one of my favorites. My mother served it often at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I thought I would NEVER find this recipe again! Thank you for sharing and bringing back a childhood favorite!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"Soooo glad to find recipe for beet salad using gelatin. Very easy to make. I only had sliced canned beets, so diced 'em. Not horseradish fan, used bit extra celery."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Delicious! Refreshing! Beautiful! My family and friends all loved it. We have a new family favorite, and my next pot-luck contribution."

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