Did your mom ever try to get you to like beets - those sick-nasty pickled ones from the day old salad bar? Eeewww. Only die-hards can eat those. On the other hand, my mother is right. Beets ARE good. I've waited a long tme to try them, but eating them fresh was a whole new experience. I made them for this yummy warm beet salad, but you could EASILY make them and eat them plain or for a side dish. They are really, really good. And very simply to make.
Buy beet root at any grocery store in the produce section. They look like this:
Snip off the tops at the very tip of the root. Save the greens. Throw them in a pot of boiling water and boil the heck out of them. My beets were about the size of tangerines, a little smaller than tennis balls. Mine boiled for about 35 minutes. Boil it long enough to be able to pierce it with a fork, it should be a little more firm than a boiled potato, and the skin should peel right off. Take them out, let them cool a bit, remove peels and dice into 1 inch cubes or slices. Return to pan with 1/2 TBS. butter. Sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir until warm and coated. YUM. Sample one - you'll see what I'm talking about.
So, if you haven't already eaten them all, try this salad. It's simple - and this is for one serving.
1 seasoned, grilled chicken breast, warm and sliced
1 c. chopped beet greens
1 c. baby spring mix
1/2 c. warm, diced beets
sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese (optional - I opted out this time)
spritz of favorite vinaigrette (I LOVE Brianna's Blush Wine, it's amazing)
Try this salad. It screams simplicity, and will tickle your taste buds.