If you think you don’t like beets, try eating them raw, you may change your mind! I got this idea from a meal at a raw vegan restaurant where I tried raw beets for the first time, and loved them. The trick is to cut them thin and let them marinate a little while, perfect for spiralizing! Truth is, I love them BETTER uncooked, and with mandarin oranges and some fresh mint, this is not just delicious, but also beautiful!
Sorry I haven’t updated here lately, I just completed my new cookbook and spent a week in Charleston shooting the photos. I’m finally getting back into my routine so there will be lots of new recipes coming soon! I shared this on Snapchat a few weeks ago (username Skinnytaste) and loved how this turned out. If you make it, snap me a photo! And if you’re wondering what my favorite spiralizer is, it’s the Inspiralizer picture above.
To spiralize the beets, using gloves to prevent staining your hands, peel the beet and trim off the stem end then insert the thinner end into the round blade of the spiralizer, keeping it centered. Spiralize using the blade with the smallest triangles. Using scissors, cut the beet spirals into smaller 6-inch-long pieces so it’s easier to eat.
Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. In a mixing bowl, combine the juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss with the beets and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Divide in 2 plates, top with mandarin oranges and and mint.
Raw Spiralized Beet & Mandarin Salad with Mint
- 2 4 oz snack cups mandarin oranges, in juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 medium beets, ends trimmed
- 1 sprig mint, leaves torn
- To spiralize the beets, using gloves to prevent staining your hands, peel the beet and trim off the stem end then insert the thinner end into the round blade of the spiralizer, keeping it centered. Spiralize using the blade with the smallest triangles. Using scissors, cut the beet spirals into smaller 6-inch-long pieces so it's easier to eat.
- Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. In a mixing bowl, combine the juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss with the beets and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Divide in 2 plates, top with mandarin oranges and and mint.
32 comments on “Raw Spiralized Beet & Mandarin Salad with Mint”
Easy and simple, but I would cut back on the oil if you like tangier beets.
This was wonderful. I added goat cheese. I recommend trying that addition!
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We made this last night and my husband and I loved it…we certainly will add this to our favorites !
Any ideas on a protein to serve with this to make it a complete meal?
Gina – when I print your recipes now part of the right side gets cut off. Can not fix in my settings. Is there something you can do on your end?
I will look into it.
Made this today with one red and one golden beet….surprisingly tasty! I bought a small can of mandarin oranges and just used them all, since I don’t have kid’s cups floating around. I let the beets marinate a little longer so they would tenderize, and it worked very well. Great new way to eat a veggie I sometimes struggle to cook!
Gina, the new format for printing doesn’t allow me to delete lines or sentences. I liked that option so that I could get recipes to print on one page. Any way to reinstate the old printing?
Curious what the weight is of 2 medium beets. I grow beets that can get quite delightfully large. Two beets that I would consider “medium” would be 1.5 pounds (and spiralize to about 4 cups) but is that too much for this recipe to be in proper balance?
NOTE: I have not had a problem with the beets permanently staining my spiralizer and we spiral beets fairly often.
I made this and it's delish! For those of you wondering, it didn't stain my Spiralizer at all. I just washed it as soon and I was finished and it was fine.
Thank you! I wanted to know if anyone tried it and if it was good. You are the first I read that tried it and commented on its taste. Thanks again.
Is there any other way to spiralize the beets other than that machine shown? I have a small hand held one but don't know if it would work…
Also wondering if the spiralizer gets stained from the beets? I do want to try this…love beets cooked, but have never eaten raw.
This is such a lovely simple recipe! I have yet to spiralize a beet, but it's on m list!
Can't wait to see the new cookbook–I've made so many recipes in your first!
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Hi Gina, I was questioning the smart points so I put it into the recipe builder and I got 3 sp for 1 serving the whole salad is 6. Not sure if I did something wrong though.
what tool did you use to spiralize the beets?
I, too, get a different SmartPoints total. For the entire recipe (unless the mandarins are in syrup, not juice), it is only 7 SP, therefore, half would be 3.5 or 4 SP, not 6.
I agree… If you drain the mandarins they are 0 pts… the white grape juice is 1 point/ 2 Tbls. I used 4 sp/serving for this recipe too.
One big question: do raw beets stain your spiralizer?
Mine did not stain…red juice just rinsed off with water.
Mine didn’t stain my spiralizer either. Rinsed right off. I would imagine it would though if you left it sitting a while before washing. The beets also didn’t stain my hands… if you wash right away and in between peeling and spiralizing, came off no prob!
The first time I spiralized beets I was amazed to find that the beets did not stain anything. I make fermented beets and have had no issues. The beets do not bleed much at all.
I never cared for beets but fermenting them makes them milder. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love beets now and they are so intensely healthy that I try to have them every day.
Thanks Gina for a new spiralizer and beet recipe.
The 2 snack cups of mandarin oranges have more sugar & less fiber than fresh, and no doubt taste better. Gina has a toddler so she no doubt has them on hand. I substituted 2 peeled mandarin oranges and the juice and zest of 1 (which may not be enough juice?) and WW Recipe Builder said 4 SP.
Remember that to figure points for these recipes with f0 SP fruits and veg you need to use the recipe builder rather than the calculator.
How is that six smart points? The only thing I see with points is the olive oil.
On my WW calculator I get 8 pts.
Are all of the smart points from the olive oil or are the oranges in a syrup?
Yum! While it wouldn't be as pretty, I may have to try this with golden beets because the thought of all that red beet juice makes me panic a little! Raw beets…never tried it!
My thoughts were if you have to wear gloves to handle them while spiraling them wont they be a bit messy to eat. Or is it just me that gets spaghetti on my face while eating it?
Yum this looks so good, I love beets!