“Beet” this Salad

Beet Salad 

I have never had any desire to eat beets in my entire life, that is, up until I kept bumping into them at the farmer’s market and the co-op every week.  But I have to admit that I even bought a few here and there; they ended up sitting in the drawer of my refrigerator until they were so old I decided they were no longer good!  Shame on me.  

But one day I came across a “Rawsome Beet Salad” in the “to go” section of the deli at the co-op,  I decided to give it a whirl, and it was delicious! Slightly sweet with an earthy crunch, these beets were starting to win me over despite their ugly exterior.  I then came across a few juicing recipes calling for beets and after reading a little more about their great nutritional profile, (protecting against heart disease and cancer), the rest is history. 

One of my favorite beet recipes is a raw Beet & Carrot Salad.  Ever heard of eating all colors of the rainbow?  This salad (pictured above) incorporates raw beets into a hearty vegetable salad using a variety of chopped beautiful veggies and is a combination I came up with based on that first encounter with beets from the co-op and a recipe in a book by Natalia Rose

Raw Beet & Carrot Salad

Mix the following ingredients in a big bowl and let sit to marinate for about 15 minutes before serving.  Feel free to modify adding more or less of something to suite your own taste, I even like to add a few shavings of raw cheese over the top of mine.

1 beet, julienned on a mandoline, or shredded
1-2 carrots shredded
1/2 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup pepper (any color), chopped
5-6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 Tbsp. flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 
juice of half of a lemon
1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1-2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
dash of salt and pepper

Just a warning: beets have an intense red color that can stain your fingers and countertops, so clean up quickly after working with them.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Liz on April 16, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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