Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt
Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt is a crisp, refreshing salad with no oil or refined sugar in sight!
The inspiration for this Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt came from one of my favorite restaurants — A16 in Oakland, CA. When I scour over the menu there, the dishes sound so simple, yet the flavors never are.
The menu changes often, which means when I like a dish I have to take notes about it on my phone so that I can try to recreate at home!
I tried A16’s version of this salad clear back in December, took a photo of it, made my notes, and made it at home a few times in early January. I loved it, but just hadn’t gotten around to posting it yet due to some sponsored posts that took priority.
All I can say is, this beet apple salad will help you beet the winter blues. 🙂
You like my beet humor? If you know me, you know a corny joke isn’t too far away…and that one was completely necessary.
Speaking of beets, I love buying bunches of baby beets and roasting them up ahead of time to toss into my salads or grain bowls. And don’t throw out those beet greens!
You can use them in salads like my arugula beet salad, or store them in zip top bags in freezer to toss into soups.
Have you ever had a salad with ingredients nestled in a creamy yogurt before? I’ve had yogurt based dressings, but this is different.
A16’s version of this salad included the roasted beets, apple, and hazelnuts, and I added some fennel because it’s perfect with these ingredients. It’s fresh, crunchy, and lends a mild anise flavor that balances out the sweetness.
Plus those fennel fronds make the prettiest garnish for salads. 🙂
I used plain Greek yogurt here, and dressed it up with fresh orange and lemon juice, orange and lemon zest, and just enough honey to sweeten it up.
Even with the yogurt, I felt that the beet, apple, and fennel needed a little something. I simply squeezed more fresh orange and lemon juice over the top of the salad and sprinkled it with sea salt and called it done. If you want to use a dressing for your beet-apple-fennel salad, I highly recommend the one from this kale salad.
This Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt has fresh, clean flavors that celebrate winter citrus. And those winter blues?
They’ve been kicked to the curb.
More beet recipes you’ll love:
- Beet citrus salad
- Oven roasted beets
- Pickled beets by Simply Recipes
- Roasted beet salad
- Shrimp louie salad
Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt
For the salad:
- 1 bunch baby golden beets greens removed and ends trimmed
- 1 bunch baby purple beets greens removed and ends trimmed
- 1/2 medium fennel bulb thinly sliced (reserve fennel fronds for garnish)
- 1 medium apple I used Fuji, chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For the citrus honey yogurt:
- 1 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice plus 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wrap the golden beets and purple beets in separate foil packets and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the tip of a knife is inserted into the beets easily. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Using a paper towel, rub the beets until the peel comes off — this is very easy! Cut each beet in half and then into small wedges.
- Combine the juice from half of the orange and the tablespoon of lemon juice and set aside
Prepare the yogurt:
- Whisk the Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, honey, and salt until combined.
Assemble the salad:
- Place 1/4 cup of the yogurt on the bottom of (4) salad plates. Dived the beet wedges, apple, fennel over the yogurt and drizzle with the orange-lemon juice mixture and salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with the hazelnuts and fennel fronds. Serve and enjoy!
- Wash the beet greens thoroughly and reserve for salads, soups, or pastas! You can chop them and store in zip top bags in the freezer as well.
- Depending on the size of your beets, you may have some left over. Simply store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- I used pre-toasted hazelnuts for this recipe. They’re a huge time saver!
- If you’d like to dress your beet-apple-fennel salad in more than fresh citrus juice, I highly recommend the dressing from my kale salad.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
35 Comments on “Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt”
“Beet the winter blues”…I LOVE it, Marcie! This salad is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love where your inspiration comes from. I’ve never had a dish quite like this before, so I’m loving how wonderfully the flavors combine. And that citrus honey yogurt sounds amazing! I think I could eat just that for breakfast. Love how it complements the salad!
Thanks so much Gayle! The Yogurt could easily be used for breakfast too!
Love making a homemade spin on restaurant food! I’ve had a yogurt sauced beet dish when eating out before too and loved it! I’ll be trying this asap!
Restaurants are such great inspiration! Thanks Becky!
Beets and apples are two of my most favorite winter produce items! I love the look of this salad so much!
Thank you Laura!
Corny jokes are the best kinds of jokes. Lol. I just adore fennel and apple together, and throw some beets in there too and now I’m totally hooked! Can’t wait to try this salad, Marcie!
I’m partial to corny jokes too…obv. ?. Thanks Liz!
This salad can most definitely help me beet the winter blues, lol! It’s stunning and looks so flavorful. I never got a chance to try A16 but I’m confident it’s amazing. Oh how I miss all of the fabulous restaurants in the Bay Area!
Thanks Sarah! When you come back for a visit you have to go!
In February I always start searching out the most colorful food out there… like my life needs more splashes of bright mid-winter. This totally nailed my color craving with both the red and yellow beets. Just lovely.
I feel the same way, which is why I probably use citrus so much! Thanks Lydia!
Hahahaha! I LOVE your humor, Marcie! I feel like I’m always saying corny crap and then I’m the only one laughing at my own jokes. 😉 Anyways, this salad is GORGEOUS! Thank you A16 for inspiring this creation! I’ve NEVER had a salad with ingredients nestled in a creamy yogurt before, but you can bet I’ll be whipping this together and getting my salad in yogurt on! The flavors here sound just fabulous and the colors have me all hearts for eyes, emoji style! Pinned!! Cheers, girlfriend!
P.S. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day!
I’m glad you love corny humor! If we ever meet I’ll be laughing at your jokes. Lol. Thanks Cheyanne!
I absolutely love this vibrant attractive salad. Packs a punch.That dressing is calling my name and I bet it would be terrific on just about anything!
Thank you Balvinder — and that “packs a punch” description is so true!
I never would have thought to serve a salad over yogurt! The combination of flavors in this salad sounds incredible, and it’s so gorgeous, too! I’m adding that restaurant to my list of ones to try, as I’ve never been there.
I would’ve never thought to serve a salad over yogurt either, and this is such a great way to change things up! Thanks Kristine!
What a gorgeous beet salad. I love how the red beets bleed just a teensy in the bowl. So delicate–all off it. Pinning!
Thanks so much Letty! I love the red beet juice bleeding into the yogurt too..that color!
My kind of salad! This looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it! Great colors!
Thanks so much Mira!
I totally need help beeting the winter blues! 🙂 Love where you got your inspiration from – my mouth is watering over this gorgeous salad! So fresh and delicious and the citrus honey yogurt can’t be beet!!
Haha..don’t we all need help! Thank you Kelly! 🙂
What a beautiful salad! It looks so tasty too! Yum!
Thank you Laura!
I love your beet humor 🙂 I’m glad you took notes on this salad because it looks so good! I love when recipes don’t have much to them but are so delicious! The colors going on here are so pretty!
I took a stab at this salad and I guess it’s good enough for a home cook! haha Thanks Izzy!
I like the sound of the citrus honey yogurt! I use a store-bought Greek yogurt ranch sometimes, but don’t think I’ve ever made a yogurt salad dressing at home before.
“Beet the winter blues” …. so cool!
This recipe is pretty timely for me as I’m trying to get more beet into my life and this salad happens to look particularly yummy!
Thanks for sharing it!
Thank you Daniel and I hope you love the salad!
Marcie, I love your beet humor, but I adore this beautiful salad even more. Absolutely stunning, and with all the flavors I crave this time of year. I love how you’ve got earthy beets, crisp apples and a tangy, citrus dressing – lovely!
Thanks so much Liren!
Thank so much!