Beet Power Mason Jar Salad

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This beet power salad can be meal prepped two ways: in a mason jar or a meal prep container. You’ll love the combo of beets with crunchy carrots, shredded brussels sprouts, quinoa and creamy goat cheese. Vegetarian + gluten-free. 

Back again with another mason jar salad and today we’ve got this beet power mason jar salad!

For someone who isn’t super adventurous with their vegetables or flavors this beet salad might look intimidating, but trust me on this one… you have to give it a try! If nothing else, promise me you’ll try the zesty garlic tahini dressing because it’s chef’s kiss and definitely the star of this salad! I know I’m biased, but it’s true. I could legit eat it by the spoonful.

This beet salad is so easy to make and packed with nutritious ingredients. I love the earthy taste of beets and they’re delicious in this salad paired with crunchy carrots, shredded brussels sprouts, creamy goat cheese, roasted cashews and golden raisins for a hint of sweetness.

Two jars containing beet power salad. The front jar does not have a lid.

Why You’ll Love This Salad

  • This salad is packed with 19 grams of plant-based protein!
  • The garlic tahini dressing is chef’s kiss!
  • This salad is the perfect meal prep recipe – just layer all of the ingredients into a mason jar for a healthy, portable lunch.
  • Beets are an amazing antioxidant that are highly nutritious and loaded with health-promoting properties that benefit the brain, heart, and digestive system. 
Ingredients measured out to make a beet power salad:golden raisins, goat cheese, zesty tahini dressing, brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, leafy greens, quinoa and cashews.

Ingredients Needed

  • beets – beets are delicious, naturally sweet, super nutritious root vegetables! They’re a great source of fiber and packed with antioxidants, folate, potassium, iron and vitamin C.
  • carrots – for some crunch! Carrots are high in beta-carotene and packed with vitamins A and K, iron, calcium and fiber.
  • quinoa – the main source of plant-based protein in this salad. You can buy pre-cooked quinoa or follow my guide on how to cook quinoa.
  • brussels sprouts – I love the addition of shredded brussels sprouts to this salad. They’re also high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • golden raisins – adds a touch of sweetness to this salad and they’re also a great source of potassium and fiber. 
  • goat cheese – adds some healthy fats and creaminess to this salad. Feel free to swap it with feta cheese or your favorite creamy cheese. You can also skip it if you want this salad to be dairy-free.
  • cashews – for some crunch and more healthy fat. I used roasted salted cashews, but feel free to use raw cashews if you prefer.
  • spinach – I love using baby spinach for this recipe, but you can use your favorite leafy green.
  • garlic tahini dressing – definitely the star of this recipe if you ask me! This simple dressing combines tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tamari (or soy sauce), nutritional yeast and garlic.
Side by side photos: one is of a bowl and spoon with a homemade tahini dressing. The second is a cutting board with chopped beets.

How to Make Beet Power Salad

Cook quinoa and prep veggies: If you haven’t already, cook quinoa according to the package instructions and prep your veggies.

Make dressing: Blend together all the dressing ingredients in a blender.

Prep salads: Line up 4 32-ounce wide-mouth mason jars. Add 3 Tablespoons of dressing into each jar then start layering ingredients in this order: carrots, beets, quinoa, raisins, goat cheese, cashews, brussels sprouts and baby spinach. Place lid on jars and keep in fridge until ready to serve. When ready to enjoy, shake jar and pour into a serving bowl.

Two jars side by side containing beet power salad ingredients. The jars do not have lids.

How to Cook Beets

When it comes to cooking beets I usually boil or roast them. I also like buying pre-cooked beets as a shortcut!

Boil: Boiling beets is super easy. Place washed and trimmed beets in a large saucepan, add water to cover, as well as, a little lemon juice or vinegar – the lemon juice or vinegar help to prevent the beets from bleeding. Bring beets to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of your beets. Drain and place pot under cold running water. Keep rinsing until beets are cool enough to be handled. At this point the skin will slip right now off. Peel skin off the beets, quarter and set aside.

Roast: Roasting beets is also simple, it just takes some time. Start by cutting the beet greens off of the beets and save them for another recipe like my sautéed beet greens. Scrub the beets well, removing any dirt. After you have cleaned your beets well, poke 2-3 times with a fork and wrap the full beet tightly in aluminum foil. Roast at 400ºF for 75-90 minutes – on the shorter end if your beets are smaller and on the longer end if your beets are larger! Carefully unwrap the beets and run cool water over them. The skin should easily peel off while you do this. Check out my full guide on roasted beets.

Beet power salad served in a bowl with a spoon.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Switch up the greens – if you’re not a spinach fan, feel free to use your favorite leafy green instead. Other options I love are kale, arugula, leafy lettuce or chard!
  • Swap out the nuts – if you don’t like cashews or don’t have any on hand feel free to swap them out for your favorite nut of choice. Almonds, pecans or walnuts are some other great options. For the ultimate treat try adding candied walnuts or candied pecans. If you have a nut allergy you could use seeds instead. Pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas), hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds are all amazing options. 
  • Swap the grain – swap the quinoa for rice, farro or your favorite grain.
  • Vegan and dairy-free – you could swap out the goat cheese for vegan cheese, or just take it out altogether.
  • Use different veggies – want to use different veggies? Go for it! Zucchini, radish, cucumbers, broccoli and sweet potatoes would all be delicious additions.
  • Switch up the dressing  I’m obsessed with this garlic tahini dressing, but many other dressings would work if you’re in a pinch. Some options: balsamic dressing, white balsamic vinaigrette, hummus dressing or lemon vinaigrette.
Adding spinach to a jar containing ingredients for beet power salad.

Pro Tips

  • For a shortcut I love using pre-cooked beets for this beet power salad. I’ve seen a lot of grocery stores carrying pre-cooked beets in their refrigerated section like these Love Beets, but Trader Joe’s has the best price I’ve seen. If you don’t have time to peel and cook your beets, buy these!
  • Buy pre-shredded carrots and brussels sprouts! This saves so much time. Instead of washing, peeling and shredding I literally just open the package and dump. Winning! You could also dump full carrots and brussels in your food processor to give them a quick chop if you can’t find pre-shredded.
  • Use wide-mouth jars. It’s much easier to get the ingredients in and out of the jars with a wide mouth. I like the wide-mouth quart Ball jars for meal-sized salads, but the wide-mouth pint Ball jars work for smaller side salads.
  • Make sure you add your dressing to the bottom of the jar first. The ingredients you add next will be touching/soaking in the dressing so they should be hearty veggies that will do well marinating.
  • Leave a little room at the top of the jar so you can shake it up right before serving. It helps make sure all parts of the salad have some dressing.
  • Store your mason jar salads upright in the fridge. If they’re stored on their side or tipped over, the dressing will leak up to the top and may cause your greens to get soggy.
Two jars side by side containing beet power salad ingredients. One jar has a lid and the other jar has a hand twisting a lid on.

Serving and Storing

To make it in advance: You can keep this beet power salad in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy it. Most salads will keep for about 4-5 days.

How to serve: The fun part comes when you’re ready to eat because you get to shake the jar to distribute the dressing. Once shaken, pour the salad into a big plate or large bowl and enjoy.

More Mason Jar Salad Recipes to Try

More Beet Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of the beet recipes as well as the full collection of salad recipes on EBF!

Beet Power Mason Jar Salad

5 from 7 votes
This beet power salad can be meal prepped two ways: in a mason jar or a meal prep container. You'll love the combo of beets with crunchy carrots, shredded brussels sprouts, quinoa and creamy goat cheese. Vegetarian + gluten-free. 
Two jars containing beet power salad. The front jar does not have a lid.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 8 cooked beets, chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup roasted salted cashews
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • Garlic Tahini Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Cook your quinoa according to the package instructions if it's not already cooked.
  • If your vegetables aren’t chopped or shredded already, prep them!
    Chopping beets on a cutting board.
  • Make the dressing by blending together all the ingredients.
    Dressing for beet power mason jar salad.
  • For the mason jars: Line up 4 32 ounce wide-mouth mason jars. Add 3 Tablespoons of dressing into each jar then start layering ingredients in this order: carrots, beets, quinoa, raisins, goat cheese, cashews, brussels sprouts and baby spinach.
  • Place lid on jars and keep in fridge until ready to serve.
  • When ready to enjoy, shake jar and pour into a serving bowl.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad with dressing Calories: 379kcal Carbohydrates: 49g Protein: 19g Fat: 14g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 14g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beet mason jar salad, beet power salad

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    10 comments
    1. Shelley
      August 29, 2022 AT 4:40 pm

      5 stars
      Love, Love, Love this recipe. I bought a bunch of golden beets at the farmers market and this was the perfect use. I tried the beet boiling method and that may be my new go to (previously i roasted).

      The dressing is super tasty. I did thin out with water to make it more pourable. It mixed in nicely with salad when I dumped it into the bowl!

      I also subbed a few things so this is a great recipe for options. I used shirataki noodles for lower carb version; cabbage instead of brussels; vegan mozz cheese; regular raisins; and, walnuts instead of cashews…mainly to use up things I already had.

      Will make again for sure!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2022 AT 1:49 am

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Shelley. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. zidane
      August 13, 2022 AT 12:24 am

      very good information. thank you

    3. Sydney Pomykata
      February 9, 2020 AT 9:41 pm

      How long would the dressing last in the fridge do you think?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 10, 2020 AT 1:06 am

        Hey Sydney – It should last 5-7 days in the fridge.

    4. Andrea
      June 10, 2019 AT 10:39 pm

      I loved this salad! I used avocado instead of brussel sprouts and pepitas not cashews. Really recommend it.

    5. Melissa
      June 15, 2018 AT 12:43 pm

      5 stars
      Excellent salad! I shredded the beets without cooking them to save a step (and because I like raw beets). I also used pepitas instead of cashews because I was trying to use up an open bag. Overall this is a keeper!

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