Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

This roasted beet and kale salad is topped with cranberries and walnuts for a delicious, healthy and nutrient dense salad.

roasted beet and kale salad

When the weather is as hot as it is right now in Southern California (hello: 100 degree temps!) – it’s time for some cold, refreshing salads. But sometimes you have to turn up the heat to cool off – ha! Because with this recipe you do have to turn on the oven to roast the beets. And hot weather + oven = no bueno. But fear not, I do have a solution! Simply roast the beets at night, when it’s far cooler. Yep, that’s what I do. I’ll roast a big batch of beets for this salad (and for beet smoothies!) then refrigerate and use as needed.

So why do I love beets so much? Well, lots of reasons. Beets are high in several vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, B and C, potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus an iron, among loads of others. They’re also a great cleanse for the liver and work as a purifier for the blood. Oh, they also just taste good!

Now, kale on the other hand I find is a bit of an acquired taste, as greens go. It’s firm texture and slightly bitter flavor usually has people throwing it in smoothies, to blend with sweeter fruits. And that’s totally OK! But once you get used to the flavor it’s an awesome salad green as well.

So I roast the beets at night, peel, then refrigerate. Then, when I assemble the salad all I have to do is chop the kale, slice the beets and sprinkle the walnuts and cranberries on top. The dressing on this salad is also kept simple to let the flavors shine. Just a mix of good quality olive oil (like Kasandrino’s olive oil), lemon juice, ginger and sea salt.

If you shop at Whole Foods, you’ll find that they have a similar salad. At least in all the Southern California stores. And it’s literally one of their most popular salads. During the lunchtime rush, I always see customers scooping it up into their Whole Food’s brown boxes to enjoy on the patio. They most definitely love it and I think you will too!


roasted beet and kale salad

roasted beet and kale salad

roasted beet and kale salad

roasted beet and kale salad

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Bryan
This roasted beet and kale salad is topped with cranberries and walnuts for a delicious, healthy and nutrient dense salad.


  • 4 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 2 medium beets
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Trim the tops off the beets, leaving about 1 to 2 inches of stem, and then gently wash the beets.
  • Place the beets in a small Dutch oven or a casserole dish with a lid. Bake them covered for 1 hour, or until the beets are tender and pierced easily with a fork. Let them cool to the touch.
  • Slice the remaining stem completely off, then place the beets under running water, and use your fingers to gently rub off the skin. You can use gloves to prevent staining your fingers, or alternatively, you can use a paper towel to remove the skin. Then slice each beet into smaller pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, sliced beets, cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss together.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving bowl, and if you'd like, top it with a little extra sprinkle of goat cheese (as the tossed goat cheese turns pink) or chopped walnuts before serving.


Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 220mg, Potassium: 667mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 6715IU, Vitamin C: 112mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beet Salad, Healthy Kale Salad, Kale Salad
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8 comments on “Roasted Beet and Kale Salad”

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  3. I made this yesterday of my birthday!. My guests just loved it!!! Posted a pic on instagram :)5 stars

  4. Roasted beetroot is so good – I love how the outer caramelises a bit and goes crisp in the corners. It goes perfectly with greens and toasted walnuts – I’m always an advocate of adding goat’s cheese as well! X

  5. Love this salad combination! I eat roasted vegetables year-round (obviously changing the vegetables used, based on season), so this beet salad looks absolutely divine.