The snow finally melted in my back yard and I was able to dig up the last of my carrots and beets. That is what brought me to thinking about beets and beet recipes, and finally to this Greek recipe for Beet Yogurt Salad with Walnuts.
Beets aren’t Greek but I’ve been thinking about Greece lately. Last month I wrote a guest post for my friend over at Travel Tales of Life on my long ago vacation to Mykonos so doing that caused me to make some of my favourite Greek recipes.
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Beets are often thought of as an under appreciated vegetable. That may be true but if you have ever cooked them you also think about the red stain on your hands, your cutting board and the counter. Beets are not as easy to peel as carrots so under appreciated or not, beets are a little bit of work.
But don’t ignore beets and be sure to eat the beet greens too. Simply boil or steam them just like you would cook spinach or chard. In my family we always sprinkle them with vinegar.
Beets can be roasted, pickled or made into soup. They can also be cooked then grated or cut up and added to salad like I did here. They are a root vegetable so are freshest in the fall when they just came out of the ground. Unlike other vegetables that you add to boiling water, root vegetables should always go into a pot of cold water and then be brought to a boil. I’m sure no one has ever died from adding them to boiling water, that’s just a little kitchen hack, apparently the correct way to cook them.
I only have a handful of beet recipes that I make year after year. I don’t make them all every year and have not made this Beet Yogurt Salad with Walnuts for a few years. The seasons go by pretty fast so these few recipes are enough to keep me appreciating beets and cooking them year after year.
Every fall when I think of beets these are my default beet recipes:
But what’s for dinner? I too need to turn this Beet Yogurt Salad with Walnuts into a meal so the default dishes I think of making with this Greek recipe are:
To cook you need some kitchen tools. For this recipe I used a mandoline. This is a slicer that can make cutting a breeze but also scares people because the blades are dangerously sharp. You can always use a knife to cut anything and the more you use it the better you get. I like my mandoline for cutting potatoes for french fries, this gorgeous dish of Scalloped White and Sweet Potatoes, Pan Fried Potato Latkes and anything when I want that nice julienned look.
So what are you going to make with beets? Whether you grow them, find them at the farmers market or buy them at the grocery store, work them into a few fall meals. Before you know it the next season is here and beets just might be off the list until next year.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite beet recipe. Or, did you try cooking beets for the first time.
|2 lbs beets, scrubbed and ends trimmed|
|¼ cup red wine vinegar|
|1 cup plain yogurt|
|½ cup extra virgin olive oil|
|2 garlic cloves, finely minced|
|½ tsp salt|
|¼ tsp pepper|
|½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted|
|GARNISH – additional chopped or whole walnuts|
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