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BEETS, FIVE WAYS

Beets can be so much more than part of the ubiquitous spinach-and-goat-cheese salad that they’ve become synonymous with in the last few years. Here’s what I like to make with them.


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BEET HUMMUS

Wrap a large beet in aluminum foil and roast it in a 400°F oven until cooked through. Cool, peel, and put in your blender or food processor with a container of store-bought or homemade hummus. Purée until smooth.

GRATED BEETS AND CARROTS

Roast 2 beets (as in Beet Hummus). Once cooled and peeled, grate the beets. Grate an equal amount of raw carrots. Make a Sherry vinaigrette (¼ cup Sherry vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon, 1 chopped shallot, sea salt, pepper and ½ cup olive oil). Add fresh dill. Toss.

BABY KALE, BEETS AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

Put a couple of big handfuls of baby kale in a salad bowl. Dice 1 cooked beet (roasted and peeled as in Beet Hummus) and toss this in. Add about 1 cup of black beans (drained and rinsed if using canned) and some crumbled Feta. Pour on some red wine vinaigrette (same as above but swap out red wine vinegar for Sherry vinegar). Toss.

BEETS, EGG AND QUINOA

Roast 2 large beets (as in Beet Hummus), let cool. Peel, dice and put in a bowl. Make 2 hardboiled eggs. Chop and add to the beets. Add about 1 cup cooked quinoa to the beets and egg. Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic on top and toss. Taste for seasonings.

FLATBREAD WITH BEETS AND SPINACH

Prepare 1 beet, as in Beet Hummus. Peel and dice. In a medium skillet with a little olive oil, cook a bag of baby spinach just until it wilts. Add grated nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne. Put the spinach on a flatbread (store-bought is fine), add the diced beets, and sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles. Bake in a hot oven (450°F or hotter) until the flatbread is toasty and the cheese melts. Slice and eat.

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