Beet And Walnut Salad Recipe (2024)

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Beets are a root vegetable that I used to rarely cook with solely because I did not know how to prepare them in interesting ways. I find this to be true for many people. Very few recipes call for them, and rarely are they the main ingredient.

All this said, they are quite easy vegetables to cook with, and they can be a great contributor to a healthy diet. They are good raw, roasted, boiled, or even lacto-fermented. They are also very tasty, so simple salt and black pepperseasoningare often all that's needed.

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Strangely, the exact composition of the sugars in raw or cooked red beets isn't available on the USDA Food database, the main database for the composition of common foods.

This means that while we know that they are mainly composed of simple sugars and fiber instead of starch, we don't know for sure the fructose and glucose fractions. We can assume that they contain their fair amount of fructose and are, therefore, similar to many fruits on that matter.

This means that, even though they are a tasty source of non-toxic carbohydrates, they should still be eaten in conservative amounts most of the time. Other than that, they are a great source of folate and manganese, and they contain many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Beeturia

Just as an interesting tidbit, beets have been found to cause beeturia in about 14% of the population. It is noticeable by the pink or red pigmentation found in the urine after consuming them. The non-harmful condition seems more prevalent in iron-deficient or anemic people.

Here is a recipe for a very simple yet tasty salad. Apart from cooking the beets, which take about an hour to cook in the oven, the salad is ready in no time.

It's also an easy way to introduce beets into your diet if they are not already part of it, and hopefully, it will encourage you to make use of themcreativelyin future recipes.

Walnut addition

Walnuts are delicious andnutritiousness, but, As I discussed in my article about nuts and seeds, walnuts are not a great choice when it comes to the composition of the fat in them.

In this recipe, they are used sparingly enough, so they are not a problem at all. In fact, walnuts are used here, like most nuts should be used for good health, sparingly to add taste and texture, not by the handful.

Beet and walnut salad recipe

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized red beets, stems, and ends were removed;
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped;
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar;
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
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Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Wrap each individual beet in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Allow roasting in the oven for approximately one hour.
  2. Remove beets from oven and allow to cool. Once cool enough to touch, remove from foil. While still warm, peel the skin off the beets. Plastic gloves might be useful here in order not to stain your hands.
  3. Chop the beets into large chunks. Place in a medium bowl and toss in the remaining ingredients. Allow beets to marinade in the dressing for a few minutes prior to serving.

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Beet and walnut salad recipe

A simple and quick beet and walnut salad that's paired with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar vinaigrette. A tasty side dish to any main course.

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 40 minutes mins

Course Salad

Cuisine American

Servings 4 people

Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F. Wrap each individual beet in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Allow roasting in the oven for approximately one hour.

  • Remove beets from oven and allow to cool. Once cool enough to touch, remove from foil. While still warm, peel the skin off the beets. Plastic gloves might be useful here in order not to stain your hands.

    4 medium-sized red beets

  • Chop the beets into large chunks. Place in a medium bowl and toss in the remaining ingredients. Allow beets to marinade in the dressing for a few minutes prior to serving.

    ⅓ cup walnuts, 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 66mgPotassium: 319mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Keyword beet, salad, walnut

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