Shredded Beet, Dill and Coconut Salad

Shredded Beet, Dill and Coconut Salad

I've come across so many tempting recipes for beets lately that I almost let my three little lonely beets expire in the fridge because I couldn't make up my mind what to do with them. A day of catching up after a weekend away reminded me of a simple recipe for a raw beet salad that I saw a while back in my copy of Yamuna's Table. An additional bonus was this gave me an opportunity to use some of the fresh herbs growing in my little backyard garden. The fried mustard seeds compliment the earthy flavor of the beets nicely, while the coconut competes pleasantly with the strength of the finest of red beets. The orange slices that serve as a base for the rest of the ingredients contribute a refreshing citrus-y element to the dish.

I've adapted the recipe to suit my preference for the day. Feel free to substitute fresh coriander or mint for the dill, or any other type of orange for the clementines that I used here.

Shredded Beet, Dill and Coconut SaladShredded Beet, Dill and Coconut Salad
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Adapted from Yamuna's Table
Published on June 17, 2008

Simple colorful raw beet salad bursting with fresh orange, coconut and dill flavors

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  • 2 medium or 3 small beets, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2 to 3 oranges or clementines, peeled and separated
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated fresh coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Put the shredded beets into a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds to the pan, partially cover, and cook for 30 to 60 seconds until the seeds begin to pop. Remove from heat, stir in the maple syrup or honey, and pour over the beets. Toss to combine.

  • To serve, place some orange slices on a plate, top with some beets, and garnish with coconut and dill.

Makes 4 side servings

Shredded Beet, Dill and Coconut Salad


Anonymous said...

This sounds really tasty! I love the idea of shredded beets with coconut.

Johanna GGG said...

what a fantastic combination of flavours (and colours) - I was curious that you tagged it as Indian - do you serve it with curry?

Ivy said...

Are the shredded beats raw? I never knew that raw beets are edible. Sounds very interesting and love the combination of all the other ingredients.
Thanks for bidding in for Bri. Please see my post again for an update.

Anonymous said...

Beets and coconut? Who would have thought! Another way for me to try raw beets; maybe this one will finally make me a lover of them raw :)

Anonymous said...

This looks so good...thanks for posting it!


Chef Jeena said...

Lisa, you decided on a great dish here. What a unique salad, it looks delicious. :-)

Lisa Turner said...

Johanna, it's not really Indian, but I got the recipe from an Indian cookbook, so let's just say it's Indian style. As for curry, there isn't much I wouldn't serve with it :)

Ivy, raw beets are fine to eat and quite tasty besides.