Beetroot: Power to the purple!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Author Martin Cheifetz

The purple vegetable

Given my Eastern European origins, I grew up with my grandmother (1st generation American) preparing amazing spreads of traditional foods from the motherland. We’d regularly sit down to a cultural feast of hearty, delicious Eastern European peasant foods, and I loved all of them….except borscht. For those of you not familiar with foods from behind the former Iron Curtain, borscht is a beet soup, served with a dollop or swirl of sour cream. I’m not sure this is a food ANY little kid would actively seek out, and frankly, I’ve never really craved eating beets as an adult either, although I know this is to my detriment.

Beets are a fabulous food, full of antioxidants and other important nutrients that have numerous health benefits….and they may even aid your sporting performance. If you already like beets, you’re on to a good thing. If you’ve never tried beets, you definitely should – even if just for the health benefits.

If you don’t like beets, give them another chance with this week’s recipe, a Summer Sausage Salad with spiralized beetroot. Spiralizing the beetroot means that you’re never going to get a huge mouthful of it, and the variety of strong flavors in this salad means you might find the balance is just right for your palate.

 

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