My favorite way to eat beets is raw and prepared with a spiralizer using a thin blade. When prepared this way, it seems as if I am eating an exotic pasta: the colors are bold and beautiful and captivate even those who don’t like beets–you know the ones–I call them “beet challenged“. But I usually win them over with this dish and with my Barbabietola Pasta d’oro (Golden Beet Pasta). Unless they have a food allergy, I don’t tell them the main ingredient is the opulent beet, a rich source of nutrients packed with fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese and vitamin C.
When asked what’s on the menu I wave my arms and answer, “Torri di Darbabietole D’oro“. “What’s that?” “An Italian dish, of course.” Really, who doesn’t love Italian!
The colorful presentation seems to pique everyone’s interest, invite seconds and is a wonderful introduction to those who previously were “beet shy.” Something happens when using a spiralizer on vegetables known for their heavy, distinct tastes– the composition changes–the taste of beets, for example, becomes light, mild and refreshing.
- 4-6 cups mixed greens
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 2-4 green onions, diced
- 1/2 shaved fennel bulb
- 1 large gold beet or 2 medium ones
- 1/2 medium red beet
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1T fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2T high quality extra virgin California olive oil
Wash and dry greens, slice carrots and red onion. Shave fennel and dice green onions. Set aside. Wash and dry beets; cut off tops and bottoms to use spiralizer. I generally leave skins on. I like the Benriner spiralizer because it is easy to clean and you can change blades quickly.
Use spiralizer with thin blade/teeth on beets and set aside. Cube avocado.
In large bowl combine all of the mixed greens and vegetables except beets.
Prepare vinaigrette and toss with mix greens and vegetables.
Plate: Place greens and vegetables on plate. Top first with golden beets, then red beets. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Prep time is quick and clean-up minimal since there are no pots or pans.
Red beets will bleed and have a more distinct taste–even when using the spiralizer. If I use red beets and I know I have someone who is “beet challenged” I use it as a garnish.
What’s red? After some people eat beets, their urine or stools turn red. This is a “harmless condition called beeturia or betaninuria. Because this looks like blood . . . someone who doesn’t know it is caused by beets can become alarmed…” For more information see Beeturia and World’s Healthiest Foods.