Beets are one of those foods that I almost never ate as a child. I don’t know why, but for some reason my mother never cooked them, except once in a while in borscht. I really like beets now as an adult, and find myself cooking them quite often, which is why I created this easy beet and citrus salad recipe.
Beets are good to eat because they are low in calories and contain vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin C and potassium. They also contain phytonutrients called betalains which have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You have to be a little careful to not overcook beets because as they cook, they lose some of the betalains.
Beet and Citrus Salad
You can eat beets by themselves, or use them in a salad. I often cook ahead so I’ll roast the beets while I’m making dinner or doing some other work in the kitchen. This easy beet and citrus salad makes a colorful addition to the menu for any meal or occasion. I often make it as a side dish for dinner and pack it for lunch the next day (it’s nice to get another meal out of a recipe when you cook in the evening). In this recipe, I used parsley, celery, and navel oranges, but there are a many variations of this salad – do you have a favorite? Please send it along — I’d love to try it myself…