So I told my husband that anything he bought at our local produce stand I would make sure got put to good use and not wasted. What did he bring me? Beets! I’ve never eaten a beet before and I’d heard horror stories. No one likes beets! Why on earth would my husband buy beets and what am I supposed to do with them so that we can actually eat them? Well, after a bit of research and some creativity, I’ve come up with this version of a Raw Beet Salad. Give it a shot and enjoy! We certainly love it!
1 lb Beets
Orange Juice (1 orange worth or 1/4 c)
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Olive Oil
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Ranch Dressing (optional)
Plus your usual favorite salad toppings
Peal all the beats. Little man wanted to help with this so I let him explore what a beet was after it was peeled. I do have to say that they are a gorgeous color! Once they are all peeled, grate them up. I suggest you use a food processor with a grating or shredding blade on it. Or at least use some gloves so your hands don’t end up looking like mine did. Add the orange juice, lemon juice, and olive oil. Toss everything to coat it well and mix up the flavors.
At this point, you can either assemble the salad or you can store your beets in the fridge for a few days (covered). To assemble the salad, lay a nice bed of romaine lettuce on your plate, top with cucumbers and then a nice ball of beets at the top. Drizzle ranch dressing on top and enjoy. You can easily substitute your favorite salad dressing or add other great salad toppings like carrots, nuts, or cheese. Since this made so much, we have since tried it with shredded carrot, parmesan cheese, blue cheese, and pecans. We still have more to go through so maybe it will get used another way too. Thankfully, little man is enjoying the beets and is helping us eat them since we have a lot!