Do you turn your nose up at the sight of beets? Stop right there! Beets have come a LONG way since the 1950’s, where pretty much the only way they were prepared was by boiling, a process that totally zaps any nutrition from them. Today, I’ve got a great beet salad recipe for you that’s gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and totally delicious!
The Earth’s Most Nutritious Root Vegetable
The pioneer of raw food and vegan health movements, Walker wrote many books on health and nutrition and even invented the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer, a
super expensive juicer that’s still sold to this day. But perhaps the most interesting fact about Walker is this: Walker lived to be 109 years old. His secret? Beets, specifically beet juice.
It was this story about Norman Walker that inspired me to learn more about beets and why they’re so good for you. My research led me to a specific substance prevalent in beets: betaine. Betaine is a chemical compound found naturally in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and beets are one of the leading sources of betaine on the planet. Numerous studies have show that betaine plays a role in lowering homocysteine levels (i.e. inflammation). Betaine can also improve athletic performance. Betaine can aid in detoxifying the liver, and even help the cells’ mitochondria obtain more energy. To put it simply, betaine is some good ish!
Because beets are so rich in betaine, they help with a variety of health ailments. Research has linked beets to lower blood pressure, better heart health, and a decreased risk for diabetes. Even better, there are plenty of ways you can eat beets besides this beet salad recipe. Try beets in any of the following ways:
- Toss with quinoa for a hearty and betaine-rich side.
- Top a salad of arugula with roasted beets, walnuts, and a sprinkling of goat cheese.
- Add fresh beets to your next green smoothie or green juice!
- Add some beets to my organic raw hummus recipe for a beet infused hummus!
- Beet flavored ice cream is actually all the rage these days! You can even make a vegan version with this vegan banana ice cream. Simply add beets to the mixture.
For this beet salad recipe, I wanted to keep things simple and really let the beets shine on their own. The combination of lime, cilantro, and ginger isn’t just appetizing, but it also has all the perfect notes of heat, acid, and coolness to create a super balanced side. Enjoy this beet salad recipe cold with your favorite proteins, greens, or even on its own!