Recipe of the Week (Part Two): Beet Salad

Yesterday I blogged about Beet Popsicles, and promised a follow-up recipe for those boiled beets. So here it is: the French classic Beet Salad, a staple in French homes and schools. Beets are excellent sources of iron and phytonutrients (and may also contain nitrites, so go easy on beets with toddlers and younger).

4 to 6 boiled beets
fresh parsley (I prefer flat rather than curly)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp wine vinegar (white vinegar works too, but you might want to use a little less)
1 tsp honey or maple syrup

Take 4 to 6 boiled beets and remove skins (they’ll simply peel off like a banana peel). Dice into bite-sized cubes. Fine-chop the parsley, and sprinkle on top.

In a separate, small bowl, mix together olive oil, vinegar, and honey (or maple syrup). Drizzle on top. Serves well cold or at room temperature. Keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.

False Alarm Tip: Eating beets may cause pee (and even poo) to turn pinky-red, which may actually incite some kids to eat them!

9 thoughts on “Recipe of the Week (Part Two): Beet Salad

  1. We LOVE this salad!!! I make a huge batch that last for days probably 3 or 4 times a month. I’ve made variations too, that the kids LOVE. Instead of vinegar i use lemon juice and omit the honey. I also add feta cubes. So easy, so yummy and so loved by everyone who tries.

    Thank you so much for this.

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  2. This sounds wonderful! Do you have any similar recipes with carrots for carrot salad? As a caregiver, I’m looking forward to buying your new cookbook when it comes out! Thanks so much!

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  3. This is a great recipe! I have a different way of preparing beets though – I bake them. I find that their flavours concentrate more. I pop them – washed but unpeeled – into the oven for 40 minutes at 435 F and get busy doing other things in the kitchen.

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  4. You’ve got me so inspired- thank you! Asparagus obviously has a similar side-effect which got my son excited to try them!

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  5. Simply amazing! I am excited to make beet salad to enjoy with my family. I would love to see pictures of the wonderful recipes you post. I’d like to pin them! 🙂

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  6. So inspiring! I love the fact that you’re viewing eating habits as a skill to be learned (“have not learned to eat a variety of foods yet” is a great way to phrase it!). Good luck, and would love to hear how it goes. And remember….it takes time, and the first few weeks/months are the hardest. Persistence pays off!

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  7. Hi Karen, I love your new book and it’s come at a time when I recognized our poor eating habits and wanted to change. Yes, I was preparing 2 meals, and yes, my 2 kids are very picky eaters… oops, I mean have not learned to eat a variety of foods yet!! Thank you for al your advise, it’s given me a lot of strength. I think I’ll try that beet salad tonight! Bon appetit!

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  8. Pingback: Top Tips for Picky Eaters, from “French Kids Eat Everything” | Karen Le Billon

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