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In BC, beets are in-season and in full colour in March: Red, Golden, and Candy Cane. Try this light dressing on your beet salad.

Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
5 minutes
Photo of Beet Salad with Light Buttermilk Dressing


  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Whisk
  • Roasting Pan (optional)
  • Pot (optional)


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) shallots, minced
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp (45 mL) Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Experiment with these optional spices: cumin, coriander, minced garlic, mustard

Complete with vegetables, grains and protein (both chicken and cheese) it makes a balanced meal you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.


  1. Put yolk into a bowl and–while whisking–drizzle in oil. 
  2. Stir in buttermilk, sour cream, minced shallots and lemon juice. 
  3. Season dressing with salt and pepper, and any other seasonings of your preference. 
  4. Serve over salad. Refrigerate unused dressing.

Salads are meant to be whimsical and to your personal taste. Not sure what to put in your salad? Here are some suggestions of what to include.

Salad Ingredients: 

Baby Spring Mix Greens
Beets, roasted, pickled, or both!
Boccocini Cheese, mini
Carrots, grated
Cucumbers, sliced
Quinoa, cooked
Sweet Red Peppers, sliced
Grilled Chicken or Turkey
Vegetarian alternative – add some roasted nuts in place of meat. 

Not sure how to prepare beets? 

Roast: Wash and wrap beets in foil. Put into a 400°F oven for 50-70 mins, depending on size, or until tender. Cool and peel skins.

Pickle: Boil peeled and chopped beets in water, on medium, for 40-50 minutes or until tender. Then, in a new pot, dissolve ½ cup sugar in 1 cup water & 1 cup white vinegar until boiled and remove from heat. Drain boiled beets and put in vinegar mixture for 1-2 hours.

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