Golden Beet and Pomegranate Salad

Now here’s a salad for the season. Our neighbor Pat stopped me yesterday and handed me a recipe for a beet and pomegranate salad that she had pulled from an old issue of Sunset magazine. Perfect timing, as the pomegranates on our tree are bursting with ripeness. The original recipe called for using regular beets, but golden beets are much prettier mixed in with the pom seeds. Here’s my version of the recipe.

Golden Beet and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can roast the beets or boil them. Roasting the beets will give them more flavor, but it takes longer and will use more energy than boiling.



  • 3 golden beets
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 3 Tbsp Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Salt
  • 2 cups arugula and butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


1 Cook the beets - either boil them for 45 minutes or roast them at 375°F for an hour. Let cool. Peel and dice into 1/2 inch cubes.

2 Put the diced cooked beets, onions, vinegar, stock, Triple Sec, sugar, and orange peel in a skillet on high heat. Heat to a boil, and continue to boil, stirring often, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze, about 2 tablespoons (5 minutes or so). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

3 Stir pomegranate seeds into the beet mixture and salt to taste. Serve on top of salad greens and sprinkle with feta cheese.

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  • Lisa

    Perfect! This is the recipe I didn’t know I was looking for to take to my work’s lunch pot luck. Thanks! I love beets they are so underrated.

  • Kalyn

    This really does sound wonderful. It has some of my favorite foods, especially feta and arugula. I am quite jealous to read that you have pomegranate trees!

  • barrett

    Elise, I used to like you. Then you post this sentence – as the pomegranates on our tree are bursting with ripeness.

    You have pomegranate trees? That’s just not fair.

    Great recipe, though!

  • Elise

    Hi Barrett – Our (one) tree is gorgeous this time of year. Too bad some thieves came in the night last month and stripped the tree of all the poms within reach. Not a good idea to have one of these trees in your front yard.

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