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My Favorite Beetroot Salad
Here is a summertime favourite.
When it is time for barbecues and picnics, foods that are easy to prepare and carry and that can help cool you down are the best for the summer days. This, of course, means sandwiches, finger foods and salads. If you are thinking you might like to try a break from the usual coleslaw, potato and bean salads, here is one of my favorites and a very tasty/healthy alternative.
I already love beetroot but was especially happy to discover that it is one of the key foods that has so many health benefits. These include cardiovascular and digestive support. It also helps to fight cancer.
Also, what I appreciate about beetroot is its versatility and how it goes with so many things. Even if it were not as healthy to eat as it is, I love that that it is so colorful. I also love the texture and that sweet, distinctive flavor it imparts. It is a great year-round accompaniment to main dishes but it is especially delicious in salads – either julienned fresh or cooked, chilled and sliced.
The salad ingredients:
3 large or 6 small beetroot bulbs (I prefer organic for the maximum health benefits), steamed, chilled and cut into cubes.
12-15 chopped fresh basil leaves
1-2 large crushed garlic cloves, depending on how strong you like your garlic flavor
1/8 teaspoon coarse grind sea salt (or to taste)
freshly ground mixed peppercorns to taste
2-3 extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons high quality balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
I usually make the dressing ahead of time so that the crushed fennel seeds can soak and soften.
This salad requires that the beetroot be steamed a few hours in advance of the meal so it has a chance to chill.
Keep the skin on the beetroot when steaming, let cool and then put into the fridge for several hours,
After refrigeration, you then peel the beetroot, cut in into cubes and mix it with the other ingredients in a bowl. Some people prefer to wear gloves when peeling and cutting the beetroot as the juices will temporarily color your hands. The color will wash off of your hands but be careful to not spill any on clothing as it may permanently stain.
Some of the ways to enjoy this salad:
This salad is great as a starter and goes with so many things including pasta, fish and poultry dishes. We have even been known to have it for dessert!
It is great on its own with freshly baked French bread and butter and a chilled bottle of Chilean sauvignon blanc. As we are in the UK, we prefer to serve it with the granary baguette which is available freshly baked at Waitrose supermarket.
Try serving as an accompaniment to tarragon chicken breasts with roasted sweet potatoes and a sautéed mixture of chopped red onion, celery, red pepper and fresh fennel.
Read about the health benefits of beetroot:
- Benefits of Beetroot
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More about the health benefits of beetroot:
- Beetroot Health Benefits
Beetroot (or Beets, in U.S.A) is one of those foods - You either love it or hate it. Even if you hate it, you should try to use it somewhere in your diet, as just like the nasty-tasting medicines, the...
Read about the health benefits of olive oil:
- Can a Daily Tablespoon of Olive Oil Help You Lose Weight?
Olive oil continues to get the recognition it deserves as part of a healthy diet. Recent research from Beloit College in Wisconsin, reported that taking 1 tablespoon per day, can help those trying to lose...