Friday, April 17, 2015

Golden Beet Salad in Citrus Sauce

salad of yellow beets

I never realized before that beets come in a variety of colors. Although red beets are the most popular color, golden beets in shades of yellows and oranges are also available. I used the golden in this beautiful beet salad.

My supermarket often carries the organic golden yellow/orange beets which are delightfully flavorful, do not stain the way red beets do, and have a thinner skin which does not need to be peeled. ( but I did anyway) .

Nutritionally, the golden beet contains b-xanthin pigment while the red beed contains betalain pigment. Red and yellow beets are both rich in nutrients, with the yellow provides the same kind of vitamins that most yellow/orange vegetables contain ( like carrots) .

fresh yellow beets with greens
This is the way they look in the store 

peeled and cut golden beets
This is how they look peeled and chopped

Their golden color makes an appealing dish no matter what the recipe. I like to make mine in a citrus dressing because I think the citrus enhances the taste of the yellow beets. In addition, I like to add some diced organic red apple and some freshly chopped fresh mint. 

Beets are surprisingly low in calories ( 42 calories in 1/2 cup of beets), almost no fat, 3 grams of fiber , and packed with minerals and antioxidants. A healthy choice ! 

 if you don't like the mess associated with the traditional red beet, substitute the golden beet in any of your recipes. Of course like all vegetables, beets are naturally gluten free and vegan.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

2 large organic golden yellow beets, peeled and chopped in large chunks
1 cup of diced red apple ( I use organic and leave the skin on)
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped in large chunks

Citrus Sauce: 
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
optional: 2 Teaspoons of a flavored balsamic vinegar ( like pear cranberry) 
Mix all ingredients together toss over the salad. 


Place the chopped beets in a vegetable steamer basket and place in a 4 quart pot. Fill with 2 cups water and steam until the beets are tender ( about 10 minutes) Be careful that the water does not evaporate completely while cooking ( add more if the water starts to get very low) .  While beets are cooking, chop your apple and orange,.When beets are tender, mix the cooked beets with the chopped red apple and orange chunks. Toss with the dressing.

My Notes: The combination of flavors in this dish are outrageous. Cooked beets, crunchy apple, and fresh orange are fabulous with the fresh mint, orange juice and cinnamon. The only variation I would offer is to add walnuts for kind of a Waldorf Salad idea. Beets are natural cleansers and help aid the in keeping the liver clean.

yellow beet salad with chopped apples

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golden beets, chopped apple, chopped mint in dressing

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    1. This sounds delicious. I have never seen the golden beets before. Thanks so much sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

      1. The yellow variety of beets are similar to red but a little milder tasting

    2. I need to be better about seeking out golden beets and using them. I love the pairing with the citrus and mint in the dressing. Yum! Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

      1. For some reason my supermarket carries them, but actually I haven't seen them in too many other places

    3. I will be featuring this tomorrow, Judee.

      1. Chaya,
        Thank you so much for featuring this recipe. I so appreciate it.!

    4. Hi Judee,
      I love the idea of a citrus sauce on beet salad. Such a nice flavor combination. I'm so glad you shared this healthy and delicious recipe at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party this week. I'm delighted! Pinning and sharing this!

      1. I love the citrus and beets as well. It really complements them. Thanks so much for pinning the recipe too.

    5. I love golden beets even plain but this looks divine! I must try as they are all over the markets now fresh and wonderful. Thanks for the great idea.

      1. For some reason, I am seeing more of them than usual. The combination of beets and fruit is really good.
        Hope you try the recipes

    6. I JUST heard about golden beets! Who knew! this looks so delicious!

    7. This does sound outrageously tasty. Thank you for the inspiration! I haven't cooked with raw beetroot in so long; I'm not sure my local shop has golden beetroot. I will keep my eyes peeled!

    8. Hi Judee,
      Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays that goes live every Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thanks for sharing with Real Food Fridays blog hop.

    9. I do love a good salad; and golden beets are really delicious! Thanks for sharing at Real Food Friday; I am featuring your recipe this week :)

    10. What a lovely salad, Judee! The dressing sounds wonderful too - love the mint and cinnamon you've added. I was surprised to learn beets came in a variety of colours as well. Now I love to use the golden and pink varieties particularly but then again, I still love the dark purple ones too! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

    11. Judee - this is such a gorgeous salad. Such pretty colours =) I prefer golden beets myself. They are less messy, but I find they have a less "gritty" taste than their red cousins.
      Thanks so much for sharing this over at Healthy Vegan Fridays - I have pinned this recipe. Please link on up to the linky party =) Have a great week!

    12. I love to find a new and different recipe. I don't believe I have ever had golden beets. I am sure going to try and find some and with the citrus dressing, wow I can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

      Kathy Shea Mormino
      The Chicken Chick


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