Make chilled beet salad by cutting cooked fresh beets and combining them with ingredients such as garlic, onion, olive oil, vinegar, minced fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Toss everything together, and refrigerate the salad in a covered bowl or container. Serve the beets alone or over your choice of greens.
Prepare the beets by scrubbing the outsides and trimming the tops before adding them to a saucepan of water and boiling them for 30 to 60 minutes until they are tender. Alternatively, you can roast beets for about one hour in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the cooked beets to cool before slipping or rubbing the peels off. You can also take a shortcut by swapping fresh, cooked beets for canned beets.
Vary the salad by using different accompanying ingredients. Herbs such as basil, mint and oregano add distinctive flavors. Use different vinegars to alter the recipe according to your preference. Balsamic vinegar adds a slightly sweet element, while red vinegar packs a punch of flavor. White wine vinegar and champagne vinegar add a lighter flavor.
Another option is to make a chilled raw beet salad by swapping grated fresh, uncooked beets for the sliced or diced cooked beets. Combine the grated beets with the other ingredients and chill them until you're ready to serve the salad.