Beet Salad #Recipes

Salad is one of those side dishes that I tend to eat more of during the summer. Yet, if you choose the right ingredients, it can be a fresh winter side as well. One of those ingredients is beets.
They’re delicious, highly nutritious, and a colourful addition. You can purchase deep red, golden or the beautiful candy cane type. Whichever ones you choose, you’re doing your body a huge favour. Beets are loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus. As well, they are high fibre and contain betaine which is an amino acid, shown to have potential benefits for fighting heart disease.
However, that’s not all. Eating beets on a regular basis can help prevent certain cancers like skin, lung and colan. If pregnant, they can reduce birth defects. The beta-carotene present in beetroot aids in reducing or slowing macular degeneration in the eyes. Furthermore, beets improve your liver health. Truthfully, the list goes on. That’s how great this vegetable is!
I’ve often eaten them on their own or in a salad, but you can add them to soup as well. Combine them with kale and spinach, as I’ve done here, and your beet salad becomes a powerhouse. Plus, the colours pop on the dinner table. Use fresh, or canned if in a hurry.
TIP: place parchment paper on your cutting board before slicing fresh beets and avoid stains.
fresh beet salad on kale and spinach
BEET SALAD
Beet Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 red beet medium cooked
  • 1 golden beet medium cooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch of salt
  • *optional goat cheese
Instructions
  1. use a medium sized bowl
  2. add olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, garlic and salt
  3. mix well - refrigerate 30 minutes for flavours to gel
  4. divide oil mixture between two bowls
  5. peel and chop red beet and add to one bowl - mix well
  6. peel and chop golden beet and add to the other - mix well
  7. (this keeps the colours from miixing)
  8. on a large dish, place spinach and kale (chopped)
  9. sprinkle on red onion
  10. add beets
  11. *sprinkle with goat cheese if desired

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