Beet and Baby Greens Salad

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This recipe is super quick and easy, especially if you already have some cooked beets on hand.  Costco has been carrying pre-cooked vacuum sealed bags – the brand is “Love Beets” I believe.  I’ve tried them and here’s my thoughts – I don’t like that they come in plastic because plastic can leach BPA into our food.  And I don’t think they taste as good as just plain ole organic beets that I cook myself.  But, they ARE convenient.  And I get that.

Beets can be cooked in a variety of ways – probably my favorite method is to just put them whole into my heavy duty ceramic dutch oven with a good lid.  I don’t even wash them because I’m going to peel them anyway.  But you can bake them in a casserole dish.  Or peel and steam.  Any work fine.

Makes about 4 servings:

Ingredients:

8 cups greens like arugula, organic spinach, etc.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups steamed beet wedges, or slices, 1/2-1 inch thick
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ( or fresh lemon or lime juice )
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare beets by cutting off the ends, peeling, and boiling on the stove top for about 15 minutes, or until they are tender. I test it by poking it with a fork.  Or bake them until tender, let them cool, and then skin them and cube them.
2. Place greens in a large salad bowl.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it begins to soften. Add tomatoes, olives, parsley and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Add beets, vinegar, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the beets are heated through, about 1 minute more.
4. Add the beet mixture to the greens and toss to combine. Serve warm.

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

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