Community Health & Wellness Recipe

The Beauty of Beets Pairing Recipe

Red/Purple Beets
Red/Purple Beets

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If you love beets for their beautiful characteristics such as sensational sweet flavour and lively colours, then here is a great recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Beets pair beautifully with citrus, and this salad is a delicious example. Surprisingly, beets’ beauty shows up in a variety of colors—not only several shades of red and purple, but also pink, yellow, and even white!

Also, did you know those beautiful green leafy beet tops are good to eat? The leafy beet tops don’t have to go to waste. According to the Physicians Committee for  Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the green leafy beet tops  are very nutritious and can be lightly steamed or served fresh in a salad mix.

Spinach, Beet and Orange Salad with Ginger-Agave Dressing


2 small beets, scrubbed and trimmed, stems removed
6 cups baby spinach

2 medium oranges, peeled and cut into sections
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
juice of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wrap each beet in foil to seal. Place beets on a baking sheet. Roast beets until fork tender; this may take as little as 40 minutes or as much as 1 hour and 20 minutes depending on the size of the beets. Let beets cool, unwrap, and peel beets under running water. Cut beets into bite-size wedges.

Arrange spinach on a platter and top with beets and oranges.

To prepare the dressing: Add vinegar, agave nectar, paprika, ginger, and chili powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lime juice. Let dressing cool and drizzle over spinach salad.

Nutrition Information
Per serving (1/4 of recipe):

89 calories
0.5 g fat
0.1 g saturated fat
5% calories from fat
0 mg cholesterol

2.5 g protein
20.6 g carbohydrate
13.5 g sugar
3.5 g fiber

59 mg sodium
100 mg calcium
2.3 mg iron
51.1 mg vitamin C
2947 mcg beta-carotene
1.5 mg vitamin E

Recipe from The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook by Neal Barnard, M.D. and Robyn Webb

Please feel free to tailor PCRM recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

Contact Info:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20016

Phone: 202-686-2210

Happy Healthy Eating!