Raw Beet Salad

What’s your take on beets? It’s pretty much a love-hate relationship when I ask around. Either they are your jam (can’t get enough) or I get, “They taste like dirt, why would I EVER eat them?”

These veggies rank pretty darn high in their nutrient density. Not only can you eat the root, you can also use the leaves for salads. Filled with vitamins and minerals (vitaminC, vitaminB6/folate, potassium, manganese) and fiber, they help to promote digestive health by feeding the good bacteria in your gut.

This recipe has evolved out of the same salad I was served at a family birthday party last fall. The beets, apple, celery root, and shallots were all fresh out of my cousin’s biodynamic garden. I couldn’t believe that with just 3-4 main ingredients you could get such a crowd-pleasing favorite.

This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, but pairs nicely with just about every meal. Goes great with scrambled eggs in the morning, is an easy side or topping on a salad at lunch, and side for your dinner.

The apple cider vinegar and olive oil dress it up nicely and gives the salad a nice tang.

A food processor (Küchenmaschine) is not needed but will cut the prep time down to mere minutes. From start to finish this salad can be ready to eat in 8 minutes.

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 medium-sized beets (stem cut off no need to peel)
  • 1/4 small celery root (peeled)
  • 1 medium apple (cored)
  • 1 small shallot (peeled and roughly cut)
  • natural apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

  • roughly chop the beets, celery root and apple
  • place all ingredients in a food processor (using the grating tool for more of slaw, or the cutting function for more of chopped salad)
  • place all ingredients in a bowl
  • mix well
  • drizzle olive oil and mix
  • drizzle apple cider vinegar and mix
  • use salt and pepper to taste

* If you don’t have a food processor, then using a box grater will also work. Note: Your hands will be stained red and I would advise wearing an apron so that your clothing isn’t bespeckled with red dots.

**is this the start of monthly vegetable jokes???…. maybe so.

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