Raw beetroot salad with ginger-pistachio gremolata

I just love beetroot. We don’t often get the yellow ones here in Berlin, so when I saw them in a store I had to buy them immediately. I wanted to use them raw, the color is amazing! This salad actually has lots of flavor, given the earthiness of the beets with a bit of gingery spice, the freshness of the parsley and the mildly bitter pistachios. The beetroot need to be sliced veeery thin though, otherwise they are a bit too crunchy. If you don’t have a mandoline, a potato slicer would do as well. And most importantly, this salad needs lots of dressing – the beets should kind of marinate for a few minues before serving.


Raw beetroot salad with ginger-pistachio gremolata


for two to three portions:

  • Two medium-sized beetroots, cleaned and peeled, stem removed
  • One thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
  • A handful of pistachios
  • A few sprigs of parsley
  • One teaspoon and three tablespoons of olive oil
  • Juice of one lime
  • Half a teaspoon of honey
  • Black pepper
  • Salt


  • Cut the beets into paper thin slices, handling them separately if you're using beets of different colors.
  • Coarsely chop the pistachios with the ginger, parsley and a teaspoon of olive oil in a food processor (or with a knife, if you don't have one), add a pinch of salt and set aside.
  • For the dressing, mix the remaining olive oil with lime juice, honey and a big pinch of salt.
  • Arrange the beets on a plate, drizzle generously with the dressing and spread the pistachio gremolata on top.
  • Add freshly ground black pepper and more salt to taste.

  1. how beautiful! and that gremolata! was just served a sweet potato soup with gremolata yesterday. seems to be le dernier cri right now! question: i used my raw beets unpealed so far. thought it’s perhaps extra healthy that way, and, it tasted great. what do you think about that?

    • luckystaranise

      Thanks for your kind comment! Dernier cri, hehe :) I have to admit, I never considered not peeling the beetroot – but probably you’re right and it’s better that way! Of course it takes longer to clean them in that case… but I’ll try it next time!

  2. Love this salad! I’m a beginners in terms of beets… so any new and yummy recipe is very much appreciated!

    • luckystaranise

      Thanks a lot dear! Raw beet tastes a bit different than cooked beets, but I very much like their earthy flavor, hope you’ll like it too.

  3. What an array of colours!! I’m buzzing!! :) Great Recipe!

  4. Ooooh, so preeettty.
    You always make such colorful food.
    Pistachios and honey… you are marvelous.

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