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_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

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