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Apples and Beets Recipe

Apple and Beet Salad

Delicious, simple and healthy!

Course Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 859 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large organic red beets (or 4 medium-sized)
  • 2 medium to large organic apples (your choice, I prefer 1 Granny Smith & 1 Braeburn or Fuji)
  • 1 bunch organic scallions (6-8 scallions)
  • 1/2 cup organic walnuts lightly toasted
  • 3/4 oz organic feta cheese (from pastured sheep or cows, crumbled*)

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp organic olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp organic lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp organic balsamic vinegar

Optional

  • 1 tsp organic gluten-free tamari sauce (to season walnuts)
  • 1 cup arugula (or mustard greens)
  • Organic Italian parsley (few sprigs for garnish & even more phytonutrients and minerals)

Instructions

  1. Rinse beets under cold running water and cut in half or, if very large, in quarters. Beet juice can tint your skin pink, so wear kitchen gloves or just wash your hands well afterward. If any pink tint remains, a paper towel moistened with lemon juice will quickly remove it.

  2. Place a steamer rack in the bottom of your pot, add 2-3 inches of water to the pot and bring to a rolling boil. Add beets, cover, and steam for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover the pot, and let cool. The beets will cook a bit more while cooling.

  3. While beets are steaming and cooling, prepare the apples and scallions.

  4. Rinse both under cold running water. Cut the apples in half, remove & discard the core, place the cut side of the apple down on your cutting board, and slice lengthwise, then crosswise, so you end up with bite-sized pieces. Transfer to a large glass or ceramic (not plastic!*) bowl and add the lemon juice; this will both flavor the apples, add some vitamin C, and keep them from turning brown. (*Toxic compounds leach from plastic into food, particularly when acidic components like lemon juice or vinegar and/or fats, like olive oil or cheese, are present.)

  5. Trim the root end from the scallions, slip off the outermost skin, then slice the scallion into small pieces and add them to the bowl with the apples. By now, your beets should be cool enough to handle easily. Wearing your kitchen gloves, transfer the beets to your cutting board and gently slip off their skin with your fingers. Discard the skin. Place the beets flat side down and cut, first lengthwise, then crosswise, for bite-sized pieces. Add the beets to the bowl with your apples and scallions.

  6. Toss the apples and beets with balsamic vinegar till well distributed, then add the olive oil and toss again to coat the beets and apples well. Taste and add more balsamic and/or olive oil if desired.

  7. Toss the walnuts with 1 teaspoon gluten-free Tamari—if desired – spread them over a baking pan and toast in your toaster oven or in your oven. If using the oven, set it to roast at 250 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Or you can toast the walnuts in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring them frequently. Your frying pan should be stainless steel or iron, not non-stick. Non-stick pans emit fumes containing toxic chemicals when heated.

  8. Regardless of the method chosen, watch your walnuts as they can burn easily. (I speak from sad experiences here!) As soon as the walnuts’ color deepens, and you can smell their lovely nutty aroma, your walnuts are ready. Toast extra walnuts while you’re at it and save them in a glass storage container in the refrigerator (not plastic!) to add to salads, granola, yogurt and fruit, etc., or for a heart-healthy snack.

  9. Crumble the feta cheese and sprinkle over the beet-apple mixture, then top with the toasted walnuts. Garnish with a few sprigs of Italian parsley, if desired, and serve.

Recipe Notes

*if you are allergic to dairy products, just add more toasted walnuts instead feta cheese).

Extra Nutrition Infos :

~ 1 cup (~10 servings in full recipe): 

Nutrition Facts
Apple and Beet Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 859 Calories from Fat 756
% Daily Value*
Fat 84g129%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 592mg26%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.