Lunch, Side Dishes

Beet Salad with Citrus and Feta

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Total 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Beets are definitely having a moment in the food world. From beet juice to beet chips, I love all the different ways these vibrant, hearty vegetables are finding their way into our diets. Honestly, I wasn’t always a fan of beets—until I had a beautiful beet salad at one of my favorite restaurants. The Foodi™ does a great job of cooking beets just until they are fork tender, bringing out their sweetness.

PREP TIP: Peeled raw beets can stain your hands, so wear gloves when cleaning and peeling them.

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 medium golden beets, trimmed and peeled
  • 16 to 20 small red beets, trimmed and peeled
  • Ice for an ice bath
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette


  • Step 1

    Pour the water into the inner pot of your Ninja® Foodi™. Lower the Cook & Crisp™ basket into the pot, then place the beets in the basket in a single layer.

  • Step 2

    Assemble the pressure lid, making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. Select STEAM and set it to HI. Set the time to 20 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin.

  • Step 3

    When the beets are almost finished steaming, prepare an ice bath: Fill a large glass or metal bowl halfway with ice, then pour in just enough cold water to cover the ice. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    When the cooking is complete, quick release the pressure by turning the pressure release valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove the lid when the unit has finished releasing pressure.

  • Step 5

    Using tongs or a large spoon, carefully transfer the beets to the ice bath and let them chill for 10 minutes.

  • Step 6

    When the beets have cooled, remove them from the ice bath and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut the beets into slices.

  • Step 7

    Layer the red beets and golden beets at the bottom of 6 large jars or to the side of 6 airtight containers. Layer the orange slices over the beets, then the slices of red onion, the crumbled feta cheese, and finally the greens. Seal and refrigerate. When ready to eat, toss the salad with about 2 tablespoons of dressing.