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Beetroot, Maple and Pecans Salad Recipe

Gluten-free Beetroot, Maple and Pecans Salad Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

Beetroot is my favourite vegetable to use root to stem. The whole plant is bursting with so much nourishment and it’s super delicious when combined with this tasty dressing and the sweet protein-rich pecans.

Serves: 4 as a side



  • Dressing
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup currants
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Black pepper, to taste

  • Salad
  • 4 medium beetroots, washed & leaves trimmed
  • 50g (approx.) beetroot leaves & stems (the inner, younger leaves are best)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100g watercress
  • 100g feta cheese
  1. To make dressing, combine all ingredients together in jar and set aside for at least 1 hour (you could also make this a day ahead).
  2. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  3. For salad, cut beetroot into quarters and steam for 15–20 mins or until tender enough for knife or fork to slide in easily. Once cooked, allow to cool before removing skin by rubbing with a cloth or peeling.
  4. Finely dice stems and add to steamer to cook for 3–5 mins (or until just tender). Allow to cool fully.
  5. While beetroot is cooking, toss pecans with maple syrup and roast for 10 mins.
  6. Just before serving, assemble salad by placing all ingredients in serving bowl and tossing through dressing.
  7. Enjoy immediately.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.