The Best Winter Salad: Beet, Apple & Carrot
This Beet Carrot Apple Salad will be on repeat as the flavors are the perfect match! The sweet carrot & apple balance out the earthy beets. Are you team beets!? Let me break down why you should be enjoying beets and some ways to make them even more tasty.
Now, I know some people are either a beet fan or a beet hater, as they can taste a bit like the earth but in this recipe, they’re balanced out by the sweetness from from the fruit and veggies and tartness of the lemon. Now I know beets are also higher in carbs, which can be scary for some but don’t worry. The carbs you are enjoying are packed full of fiber, plus contains vitamins C + B6, along with minerals like manganese and potassium.
Beets are nutrient dense, feel good foods. Whether you enjoy them roasted, juiced or raw beets are a wonderful way to add ample vitamins and minerals into your diet. I know some may have a love, hate relationship with beets but they are a good source of fiber, folate, potassium and are packed with Vitamin C, iron and magnesium.
Fiber is important to keep our body healthy and functioning properly.
Potassium rich foods can help reduce blood pressure levels and have beneficial effects on our heart health.
Iron is an essential mineral that helps our body function, as it’s necessary to transport oxygen throughout our red blood cells.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is important for immune health and keeps our skin glowing.
How to Enjoy Beets?
The best part about beets, you can enjoy them roasted, steamed, boiled, raw or even pickled! Maybe you’re not a fan of beets or maybe they’re a weekly staple already. Give these simple tips a try to make them tasty and get those feel good health benefits.
Juice Your Beets: Make sure to peel that beet and blend or juice it with a combination of fresh apples, lemon, mint and ginger. You can either strain for a smoother texture or keep that fiber in the juice. Just remember juicing is super concentrated sources of calories, carbs and natural sugar but usually without the fiber so don’t go too crazy as you may experience a blood sugar rush.
Add into Smoothies: Make sure to peel raw beets or steam, so you can add directly into smoothies.
Eat Them Raw: Simply grate or slice beets to be added into salads or coleslaws.
Toss with Oil and Roast: Roast in the oven with some spices and top with goat cheese for a flavorful combo.
Slice raw beets: Serve with some citrus juice (lemon, orange, grapefruit) and a sprinkle of chili powder.
- Knife, Box Grater or Food Processor
- Cutting Board
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Lemon Juicer or Squeeze By Hand
This Fall raw salad can’t get much better with some feel good nutrient dense veggies! It can get much simpler than tossing the shredded beets, carrots, and apples then drizzling the lemon. However, you can vary up the acid and the nuts or seeds!! I usually use whatever I have in my fridge and pantry at the time.
The Best Fall Salad: Beet, Apple and Carrot
This Fall raw salad can’t get much better with some feel good nutrient dense veggies! All you have to do is toss the shredded beets, carrots, and apples together then add lemon. However, you can vary up the acid and the nuts or seeds!!
1 medium beet, raw, peeled
1 large carrot
1/2 green apple or fuji, with skin on
2 tbsp lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp roasted sunflower
Optional: If your apples aren’t very sweet add some raw honey for natural sweetness.
Wash all produce before slicing and pat dry.
Cut the beets, carrots, and apples using a food processor, box grater or just cut with a knife.
Place beets, carrots and apple into a large bowl and mix well.
Juice the lemon and toss into salad until fully coated.
When ready to serve add in the roasted sunflower seeds.
Enjoy the dish immediately or store in the fridge for up to three days.
The best part about this recipe you can mix and match the ingredients. Use a variety of seasonal citrus like orange, grapefruit or lime. If you don't have sunflower seeds, any nut or seed will work. Try pumpkin, pistachio, almond or walnuts!