Total Time
8hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs

My Recipe Published by Southern Living. I make these weekly, and since I'm diabetic, i use Splenda instead of sugar, and there's no difference in the taste. Onions can be omitted; celery seeds cannot.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain beets, reserving 1/2 c.
  2. juice; set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, dry mustard, and salt in a small saucepan; stir well.
  4. Add beet juice and vinegar; bring to a boil over medium heat.
  5. Remove from heat; stir in celery seeds.
  6. Combine beets and chopped onion.
  7. Add vinegar mixture, tossing gently.
  8. Cover and refrigerate salad 8 hours or overnight.
  9. Yield: 8-10 servings.


Most Helpful

This is a sensational recipe! It's no wonder Southern Living published it! The important key to remember here is to allow this salad to sit in the refrigerator until well chilled. I had forgotten I had made this and didn't taste it until the second day after preparing it. Just the right amount of vinegar to sweetness combination!! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, Bliss!!

Bev August 30, 2012

I thought this was very good but my bf said it was too bitter probably due to the dry mustard. So easy and so delicious. Thanks for posting

sexygrneyes777 October 25, 2009

This was very good, but but I found the flavor of the celery seed to be too strong in this dish. That surprised me since I love celery seed. I tried to make it again cutting down the amount to about 1/3 of a teaspoon and liked that much better, and have made it again with the lesser amount since. I do recommend it, since its a lot less work than pickling and very, very good.

Catwhispers July 16, 2006

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