Monday, June 13, 2011

Raw Beet Salad with Carrot and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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The sweet, earthy, and delightful crunchy salad is a powerhouse for flavor and nutrients. The lime awakens your palate to the gentle undertone of ginger that carries you away to the Far East. Beets, originally cultivated in the Mediterranean is available in my summer crop share of my CSA. A wonderful jeweled root vegetable, much like the carrot, just needs to be shredded to release it's sweet flavor. What’s especially nice about this salad as well is that you can put it through the food processor for a quick salad. This recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman‘s How to Cook Everything who is an expert on getting the most flavors with the simplest ingredients.
Serves 4
Ingredients
1/2 pound small beets without their greens, peeled
1/2 pound carrots, peeled
2 large shallots, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Dressing
2 tablespoons lime juice
1-tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Instructions
      1      Grate the beets and the carrots by hand or use a food processor fitted with a grating disk.
      2      Combine the grated beets and carrots with the shallots and ginger in a bowl.
      3      Season salad with salt and pepper.
      4      Whisk together the limejuice, oil and mustard in a small bowl and pour into salad.  Toss salad and taste seasonings. Adjust the seasoning as necessary.
      5      Toss in the cilantro and serve.
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