Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Deadly Serious (raw beet & carrot salad)



The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is the more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
- Tom Robbins

Tomatoes, zuchini, basil, and balsamic. Pretty obvious ingredients right? Perhaps something you've thrown together many times before. So lets try another seasonal salad. I received some beautiful red beets from my CSA share last week. I know so many people who say they don't like beets, I say: try them again. I almost always cook beets when I get them, mostly because of the texture, I like them soft. However shredding beets is a great way to get them into your diet raw. Beets have blood purifying properties and loads of fiber, and if you really want to fall in love with beets, read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (quoted above). The entire book is not about beets, but it touches on them in a way that will grab you.

So ready to give beets another whirl?

3 beets
3 carrots
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 raisins
The remaining 1/2-1/4 cup Balsamic Dressing from previous post (this would be good with any vinegarette, a mustard vinegarette would be delicious)

The honey balsamic dressing, raisins and carrots make this a very sweet salad, great over salad greens or with other not as sweet compliments, like the more bitter dark leafy greens.

Shred the carrots and beets in a food processor with the grate attachment, keeping them separate if you want to make a pretty swirl in the bowl. Toss the raisins and sunflower seeds and 1/2 the dressing in with the beets. Toss the remaining dressing with the carrots.
On a plate over salad greens or in a bowl, lay the beets out in a circle pattern, then the carrots, alternating till you've covered the plate. Pretty and alluring...

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