As much as I love the flavors of this salad, I am finding it hard to even think about eating a salad right now with this super cold weather and instead I would rather eat hearty warm comforting foods like this or this. Obsession with curry much? Ummm, yes!
Despite my longing for warm curried potatoes or soup I want to talk about beets! Beets are in fact a root vegetable, they are earthy, light and grounding. In the winter months if you are trying your best to eat in season, beets are a great vegetable that you can get all winter long at the farmers market, or you can grow your own, chop off the greens and store them, preserve them through canning, or make beet kvass (a traditional Russian super immunity drink). Beets are easy to find, easy to use and super healthy!
Chandra’s beet salad is super easy and super scrumptious! The flavors are so fresh. Never had a beet before? I hear this a lot! You must try beets. They are packed with nutrients.
Oh, oh me loves this song.
Ok back to the beets!
Beets, beets! Why Eat em’ cooked, juice them, smoothie them, or shred them and eat em’ raw?
“Neutral thermal nature; sweet flavor; strengthens the heart, sedates the spirit, improves circulation, purifies the blood, benefits the liver, moistens the intestines, and promotes menstruation. Used with carrots for hormone regulation during menopause; treats liver stagnancy and liver ailments in general, as well as constipation — especially the type resulting from fluid dryness; also treats nervousness and congestions of the vascular system. A silicon-rich vegetable.”
– Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Beets are rich in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory and help support the body through detox. To learn more about beets and how super they are go here.
The healthiest way to cook beets in order to maintain the nutrient enzymes is to stem them. Using a double boiler, place 2 inches of water on the bottom pot, add the beets to the top boiler, bring the water to a boil. Decrease the heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes until the beets are soft. A good way to tell is if you can easily push in a fork.
You will need:
~ 2-3 small beets (any color or size)
~ spring mix herb salad (whatever greens you prefer)
~ half a red onion (sliced into long strips)
~ 1/2 cup olive oil
~ 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
~ 1-2 heaping tbs. raw honey(the real stuff)
~ dash of sea salt
~ 1 drop lemon essential oil, 2 drop lime essential oil & juice of 1 lime
~ mason jar or glass container for dressing and onions
~ steamer or double boiler
~ Steam your beets using the directions above in your double boiler
~ Prepare the dressing by adding all the ingredients (oil, vinegar, honey, salt, lime juice & oil drops) to a mason jar, shake up until well combined, this dressing will serve 2-3 people. I like my dressings to lightly coat the salad but not be super heavy. So if you feel like you need more dressing double that batch.
~ Once the dressing is mixed slice up your onions and add them to the dressing jar to chill and marinate in the fridge for about 30 min to a hour while the beets cook and cool.
~ Once your beets have cooled take peel off the outside skin and slice them. Add them to your salad, add the dressing with onions, toss and enjoy!
The dressing and onions will keep in your fridge for future use for up to 4-5 days. The onions will become more soft and the flavor will be even more intense and yummy! This salad is great for making in larger batches for daily lunches at work.
Listen to some Michael Jackson while you cook your beets, who knows it may just help you digest your food better, because a happy mind makes for a happy body. So get dancing and beat the winter blues with some beets!