Beet noodles? What's next? Beet veggie hot "dogs"? Sure! Those are also in the works. Stay tuned! Beets are incredibly versatile, dear friends. This raw beet noodle salad is delicious, crunchy, and filled with antioxidants.
Use beet noodles as a replacement for traditional pasta or as a side salad paired with your favorite entree. Tossing noodles with a light dressing (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper) highlights the beets' sweet earthy flavor, and slightly salty chevre and tart green grapes are the perfect toppings.
Raw veggies, especially beets, are filled with delicious nutrition and offer un"BEET"able health benefits. These amazing benefits are some of the many reasons to eat more beets!
5 Reasons to Eat More Beets
- Beets contain antioxidants, perfect for eliminating free radicals causing inflammation.
- Beets are full of fiber (being "regular" is important for colon health).
- Beets are high in minerals and vitamins, boosting immunity and and balancing blood pressure.
- Beets increase cardiovascular function. Naturally occurring nitric oxide helps muscles perform the same amount but muscles require less oxygen for performance.
- Beets are folate superstars! Folate (vitamin B9) is key for supporting a healthy nervous system and necessary for prenatal health.
Are you a fan of spiralizers? I am! A spiralizer is a must-have tool in my kitchen as it creates noodles, curly fries, and chips all using raw veggies. What's fabulous about using a spiralizer is that it puts to use the larger beets that tend to be less tender and too fibrous. When selecting beets to cook or roast, small to medium beets are best. However, for creating spiralized veggies, large beets work well! Click here for selecting rock star beets from the markets.
With an inexpensive and simple spiralizer, you can create delicious veggie noodles. Beets, carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are all excellent veggies to put your spiralizer to work. My spiralizer costs less than $30 on Amazon and is worth every penny.
What are your favorite spiralized veggie recipes? I am always looking to expand my spiralizer recipe repertoire. I look forward to hearing from you.
INGREDIENTS (makes 4-6 servings)
- 3-4 medium or large red and golden beets, raw and peeled
- 1 1/2 cups halved green grapes
- 4 oz chevre (goat cheese) or ricotta salata
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or almonds
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
1. Using your favorite spiral vegetable slicer, slice raw peeled beets into spirals.
2. In a medium to large bowl, mix all dressing ingredients.
3. Add spiralized beets to bowl with dressing. Gently toss. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours (for best flavor).
4. Top beets and slightly toss "noodles" with green grapes, chevre (or ricotta), and sunflower seeds or toasted almonds.
Vegan Pesto for Noodles (Optional)
Mint Orange Vegan Pesto (Optional)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts (toast if preferred)
- 1 medium clove garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/4 tsp sugar
1. In a food processor, pulse nuts (seeds), garlic, and salt until seeds or nuts are finely ground.
2. Add the remaining ingredients. Process to a thick paste-like consistency.
3. If too thick, add a dash of olive juice or olive oil and pulse until preferred consistency.
4. This pesto can be made in advance and placed in the freezer (using a freezer container). Thaw in refrigerator before using.