Healthy Beet Salad – Easy Recipe

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Healthy and flavourful beet salad for every occasion. It is made with fresh sweet beets, a light vinaigrette, onions, caraway seeds and fresh parsley. The beet salad is exceptionally refreshing.

questions and answers about beets

1. What are beets?

Beets are root vegetables in various colours, including red, yellow, and white. They’re packed with nutrients like fiber, folate, and manganese.

2. Why are beets good for you?

Beets are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, especially fiber. They also contain nitrates, which can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

3. How do you prepare beets?

Beets can be cooked, roasted, steamed, or eaten raw in salads.

4. What are some good recipes that include beets?

There are many delicious recipes that include beets! Some of our favourites include Borscht, or the Russian Salad with Artichokes.

 

raw beets

 

Why are beets so red?

Beets are red because they contain a natural pigment called betanin. This pigment is responsible for giving beets their characteristic colour. 

Betanin is also responsible for the red colour of some fruits and vegetables, such as red cabbage and watermelons. 

While the betanin pigment is safe to consume, it can sometimes cause temporary red stains on the hands and clothing.

Why is the beet salad good for weight loss?

 Beets are low in calories and high in fiber. Fiber-rich foods will keep you full longer and help with digestion. So beet salad is an excellent option for those looking to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

Can you eat raw beets?

Yes, beets can be eaten raw. However, some people are hesitant to eat raw beets, as they can be tough to digest. While raw beets can be tough to digest, there are a few ways to make them more palatable. 

One way is to shred or chop the beets into smaller pieces. This will help to break down the tough fibers and make them easier to digest. 

Another way is to cook the beets before eating them. This will also help to break down the tough fibers and make them more easily digestible.

If you do choose to eat raw beets, be sure to pair them with other foods that are easy to digest. Raw leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables are all excellent choices. 

You can also add some healthy fats, like avocado or olive oil, which will help your body absorb the nutrients from the beets. 

So go ahead and enjoy this healthy beet salad!

 

beet salad in a white bowl

 

What goes well with beet salad?

You can enjoy your healthy beet salad in a few different ways. One way is to add some feta cheese and walnuts to the salad. 

This will give the salad a bit of a crunch, and the feta will provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the beets. 

Another option is to add some grilled chicken or salmon to the salad. This will give the salad protein and make it a more complete meal. 

Lastly, you could enjoy the salad as is. It is still packed with nutrients and flavour and makes for a great side dish or light lunch option over fresh greens.

When are beets in season?

Beets are in season from late spring through early fall. They peak in July and August. Look for beets that are firm and have a deep colour. Avoid beets that are soft or have blemishes.

How long will beet salad keep?

This vegan beet salad will keep in the fridge for up to seven days, so it’s perfect for meal prep.

The Healthy Beet Salad is an easy recipe and tasty addition to your mains such as the Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Spinach and Goat Cheese, or the Honey Garlic Roasted Chicken with Basil Butter Noodles.

Enjoy! 

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium beets (beet root)
  • 1/2 small red or white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. GF caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground GF black pepper to taste
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    Instructions

  • Place beets in a deep pot, add water up to 1 inch above the beets. Cook approximately half an hour, depending on the size or until you can easily pierce the beet with a toothpick
  • Drain and cool. Peel the beets and slice into 1/4-inch disks or a desired size. Place beets into a bowl and add onions
  • Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, caraway seeds, maple syrup, and parsley. Pour the mixture over the beets and gently stir
  • Season with salt and pepper and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature and gently stir before serving
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