WW Freestyle Recipe of the Day: Southwestern Beet Salad
A few months back while traveling in Morocco, I ran across this wonderful rendition of beets. It's a lighter, dairy-free alternative to the popular combination of beets and goat cheese making it perfect for Vegans.
In Fez, we had it every day!
Besides all the known health properties, beets are delicious and available all year long, so you can whip this up any time of year.
How Many Points are Beets on Weight Watchers?
Beets have Zero Points on Weight Watchers making this a delicious healthy bargain.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Southwestern Beet Salad?
According to my calculations each serving of this simple delicious salad has just 104 calories and:
2 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
If you wanted to reduced the points even further, just go lighter on the olive oil.
What's the Best Way to Cook Beets for this Salad?
It’s super easy to buy prepared cooked beets in small packages now, a perfectly acceptable alternative when you are short on time.
The good news is that it's almost as easy to cook your own and much tastier.
Lots of colors are available! Yellow, classic red, and striped—all cooked the same way.
Just wash them (save the tasty leaves for another dish!), wrap them in foil and roast at 350F degrees. Medium beets will take about 40 minutes.
When a knife can be removed easily, remove them from the oven, cool, peel and store for up to 5 days refrigerated in a covered container.
Make-Ahead Tip: Yes, you can absolutely pre-cook the beets up to 5 days in advance, cover and refrigerate them until ready to use
Serving Suggestions and Variations
Got vegans coming over?
Serve the salad with warm hunks of garlic toast or any good bread and you've got lunch.
Please feel free to play with the herbs. More cilantro, less? Like the minty addition and want more? Winter vegetables are sturdy enough to handle whatever you throw at them.
If you like this Southwestern Beet Salad you might also like these easy, healthy WW friendly salads: WW Fruit Salad with Peaches & Watermelon, WW Cucumber Salad, Kale Salad with Apples & Dates, Avocado Grapefruit Salad, Skinny Broccoli Salad and Simple Lentil Salad
Southwestern Beet Salad Recipe
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro leaves (from 1 small bunch)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 medium beets, cooked and cut into ½-inch piecess
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Finely chop the cilantro and place in a medium bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients, seasoning with the salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to mix.
- Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.
- This salad can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator.
- Taste and season if necessary, with more pepper. Bring to room temperature before serving.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More healthy recipes with beets you might also like:
- Marinated Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
- Roasted Beet and Pear Salad (Slender Kitchen)
- Spinach Lentil Beet Salad (Sugar Free Mom)
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