I am super excited to bring you today’s raw vegan beet salad recipe! This beet carrot salad has recently become one of my favorite raw vegan salad recipes, because it is incredibly simple, and super addictive. If you follow me on my Instagram, then you may have heard me talk about how I am eating all raw vegan lunches. I have been wanting to incorporate more raw vegan foods into my diet, and I have found this to be the perfect way. I have said it before, and I will say it again: I will never be a fully raw vegan. There are simply just too many vegan foods that I love that require cooking. I mean sweet potatoes and oatmeal are my two favorite foods (and of course smoothie bowls).
However with that said, I do believe there are plenty of amazing benefits to eating fully raw meals like this beet and carrot salad. I do not believe that you have to eat raw vegan foods to be healthy. However I believe it is one of the best ways to level up your health game!
Can you eat beets raw in a salad?
Can you eat raw beets in a salad? For years I believe that you couldn’t. I thought beets were like potatoes, or winter squash and they had to be cooked prior to consuming. However, recently I have taken a deep dive into learning about raw veganism, and I was shook! You can eat raw beets in a salad!
This is huge for a couple reasons. First, it is a massive time-saver. What if I told you this beet carrot salad only takes 5 minutes to make? Sounds amazing right? Well, it is! Previously I found myself straying away from salads that use beets, because I am all about quick salads (my Italian Barley Salad is worth the wait!). However this raw vegan beet salad is the perfect quick, easy, and super nutritious salad recipe!
How to prepare beets for salad:
Beets may be edible raw, but how you prepare them is crucial. Nobody (at least nobody that I know of) wants to bite into a raw beet like an apple. Therefore preparation is key. In case you haven’t noticed from how the salad looks, the beets in this recipe are grated. If you don’t own a grater, you can pick one up from any store for under $5.00. I linked a boujee one that has made my life much easier, but it is by no means a necessity. I also would like to point out that beets stain! Therefore, when serving this beet salad raw avoid using wood, or other materials that stain easily!
What makes this beet carrot salad so healthy:
This raw vegan beet carrot salad is naturally low in calories, and high in fiber. However it gets better! This raw beet salad is oil-free. How do you make raw vegan salad dressings oil-free? There’s a couple tricks I like to do. First, It is important to find a base ingredient that is not too acidic. This will take the place of the oil. My go-to base is usually tahini, or other nut butters. However for this beet carrot salad recipe I went with date syrup, because it is a sweeter salad recipe. Since date syrup isn’t as rich in fats as the others, I wanted to go with a vinegar that was sweeter, and not as strong. I settled on one of my favorite vinegars: White Balsamic Vinegar.
All of these elements along with nutrient dense raw vegan produce come together to create a healthy raw vegan beet salad recipe! I am a huge salad lover, and I am always sharing new salad recipes here. I am currently on a raw vegan salad kick, however I have plenty of other salad recipes on my website! Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you are the first to know when the next recipe drops!
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Is this raw beet salad meal prep friendly?
Another reason I am so obsessed with this beet carrot salad is because it is perfect for healthy vegan meal prep! I always struggle with meal prepping salads, because they get all gross and soggy. However since the base of this salad is raw beets and carrots, it stores spectacular in the fridge! It may be one of those recipes that tastes even better the next day. One thing to keep in mind is that this raw beet salad will dye all the other ingredients red and possibly the containers too. Therefore I suggest storing this beet and carrot salad in glass storage containers!
Ingredients for this Beet Carrot Salad:
Beet Carrot Salad
- 1 grater
- 3 large beets
- 3-5 carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 3 tbsp date syrup
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp parsley
- Begin by grating your beets and carrots. Keep separate.
- In a large bowl add the carrots, raisins, and walnuts.
- In a small bowl combine the date syrup and white balsamic vinegar. Add to the carrot mixture and toss.
- Add the beets and lightly toss again. Top with parsley, serve and enjoy!