Bitter Greens Salad

I love making this quick and easy salad in late summer when beets are peak season. Spicy dandelion and bitter radicchio perfectly balance sweet, roasted beets and a citrusy carrot ginger dressing.

This salad is so simple to make. While the beets roast in the oven, make the citrus dressing in a blender with silken tofu, orange peel, carrots, and basic pantry staples. I learned this dressing recipe years ago in culinary school, and it remains a favorite.

The combination of bright, distinct flavors in this salad awakens the palate and completely satisfies.

Please check out my cookbook Easy Plant-Based Cooking For Two for more Delicious Vegan Recipes. 🙂

Bitter Greens Salad
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5 from 8 votes

Bitter Greens Salad

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beets, salad recipes
Servings: 2
Calories: 850kcal



  • 12 ounces golden beets (3 medium size), trimmed

Carrot Ginger Dressing

  • 1 small carrot(s) chopped
  • 1 small celery (rib), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 inch strip orange peel finely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons silken tofu
  • tablespoons ginger chopped
  • teaspoons miso
  • teaspoons sugar
  • pepper to taste


  • 4 cups dandelion greens chopped
  • 2 cups radicchio chopped


Roast Beets:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Wrap the beets in foil.
  • Roast for 1 hour or until a paring knife is easily inserted into the flesh.
  • Remove the skin, cut into slices or wedges, and set them aside.

Make Carrot Ginger Dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to a small food processor. Mix on high until smooth.
  • Season with pepper to taste.

Assemble Salad:

  • Divide the dandelion greens and radicchio between two salad bowls. Top with the roasted beets and serve with the carrot ginger dressing.


Calories: 850kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 40g | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 2588mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 30937IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 537mg | Iron: 11mg