Instant Pot Beet Salad with Yogurt, Lime & Jalapeno

Overhead shot of instant pot beet salad on grey plate.

This Instant Pot Beet Salad is dressed simply with a zesty lime-yogurt, cilantro, thin-sliced jalapenos and flaky sea salt. It’s a healthy salad that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

I have to admit that beets are a bit of an acquired taste. It took me eating them a few times to really start to love them. Initially I thought that they tasted like dirt, but their flavor has really grown on me, and Rick loves beets so I’m taking one for the team. If there’s a roasted beet salad on a restaurant menu, there’s a good chance that we’re ordering it.

This Instant Pot Beet Salad is a recipe that I’ve developed to get beets on the dinner table in a hurry. While beets take nearly an hour to roast in the oven, you can make beets in half the time in your Instant Pot.

And while most of the beet salad recipes that I’ve seen incorporate goat cheese, I’m switching things up a bit by swapping out the goat cheese for a thick yogurt dressing that’s simply flavored with a bit of lime, garlic and salt & pepper. I’m also giving it a bit of a kick with some thin sliced jalapenos and cilantro.

If you’re not a fan of heat you can definitely leave out the jalapenos. Not a fan of cilantro? Swap it out for some fresh parsley or dill.

How Long Do You Cook Beets in the Instant Pot?

To make beets in the Instant Pot, add one cup of water and place the trivet inside. Add your beets and set to cook on manual (high pressure) for 30 minutes. Then, quick release the pressure. Check to be sure that the beets are tender. A knife should slide in easily. If they’re not fully cooked, return them to the Instant Pot and cook for 5-10 minutes longer. The cook time will depend on the size of your beets.

How To Roast Beets in the Oven

If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can also roast the beets in an oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the beets and remove the stems then wrap them in tin foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

How Do You Peel Beets?

Peeling beets is easiest when they are still slightly warm. Rub the skin off with a paper towel or with your fingers under running water.

Side view of beet salad.

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Overhead shot of instant pot beet salad on grey plate.

Instant Pot Beet Salad with Yogurt, Lime & Jalapeno

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beet salad, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Time for pressure to build: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 37 kcal
This Instant Pot Beet Salad is dressed simply with a zesty lime-yogurt, cilantro, thin-sliced jalapenos and flaky sea salt. It’s a healthy salad that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
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Ingredients

  • 6 medium beets about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 lime zested and quartered
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove finely grated or minced
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeno ribs & seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Flaky salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Scrub the beets clean and remove the stems.
  2. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place trivet in Instant Pot and place beets on top.
  3. Set Instant Pot to MANUAL (high pressure) for 30 minutes.
  4. After the time is up, quick release the pressure and test the beets to see if they are tender. They should pierce easily with a fork. If not done, return to Instant Pot and cook on MANUAL for another 5-10 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle then remove the skins. They should slide off easily.
  5. Meanwhile, zest the lime. Add to a small bowl and combine with yogurt and garlic. Squeeze in the juice of one lime quarter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Cut the beets into wedges and arrange on a platter with jalapeno and cilantro. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze one lime quarter over them. Sprinkle with flaky salt. Serve.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can also roast the beets in the oven. Wrap cleaned and trimmed beets in tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beet Salad with Yogurt, Lime & Jalapeno
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Beet Salad:

  • Try a sparkling wine like Cava. (Here are some great budget friendly options) The effervescence helps cut down the creaminess of this dish and the sweetness of the beets is complimented nicely by the acidity of the wine.
  • Want a red wine? Try pairing this salad with a Beaujolais – Its bright, berry flavors and hint of acidity stand make a great compliment to this dish.

Overhead shot of beet salad.

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10 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    5 stars
    Guess who just got an Instant Pot?! Me! I’m excited to try out this beet salad for myself. Yum

    Reply

  2. Pech

    I’m a fan of beets, but usually not all the prep work in terms of cleaning and cutting and the mess they make – though this dish looks so simple and tasty!

    Reply

  3. Mary

    5 stars
    Oh yeah, now I can start trying ALL of your Instant Pot recipes now that I FINALLY have one! I’m a huge fan of beets, so this is definitely going on the list of top 5 to try!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yay! I’m so excited for you Mary!

      Reply

  4. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

    5 stars
    I’m intrigued with the rainbow of beet varieties that are available now – so beautiful! I’m not usually a fan of beets, but the rest of my family loves them, so I will have to give these a try.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I love the golden beets the most!

      Reply

  5. Waz

    5 stars
    Woah, it never even occurred to me that an Instant Pot could be used for cooking beets! Great idea. Oh goodness, now I really want an Instant Pot to try all your IP recipes!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It really is such an awesome tool Waz!

      Reply

  6. Julie

    5 stars
    Made this today for lunch, excellent flavors! The instant pot made cooking the beets much easier and faster then the oven! Looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you liked it Julie!

      Reply

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