Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Greek Beet Salad

I have had a strange relationship with beets over the years.  I used to hate them, or at least I thought I did.  They probably just weirded me out so I didn't want to try them (which is why I have never tried bamboo).  They looked squishy and are a weird color, and I was just so grossed out, even though I actually didn't even know what they tasted like.  All I knew is that they were the favorite food of Quailman.


I remember the first time I tried beets was in Disney World.  My dad and I had lunch at The Land pavilion, and I got a salad that had beets in it.  I nibbled and picked around them, but I wasn't all that impressed.  After that, I decided that I was determined to try them for real.

Back in October, while visiting home, my dad and I went to our favorite Greek restaurant for dinner.  They had a beet and skordalia salad, and with some reassurance of its deliciousness from my dad, I took the plunge and ordered it. It was amazing! I had instantly become a beet lover.

Greek Beet Salad

Ever since that dinner, I could not stop thinking about beets. Lucky for me, last week Ben pointed out that our super market was having a really great sale on canned beets. Without thinking I grabbed two cans right away. (Maybe I should have thought more, because I got one can of whole beets, and one can of sliced. Oh well.)

Since my beet defining moment was Greek, I decided to make my own version of a Greek Beet Salad.

What you need:


2 Cans of beets
1 Bag of salad
Feta cheese
1 Can of chickpeas
Greek dressing

What to do:
Mix the beets, salad, chickpeas in a large salad bowl.

Greek Beet Salad
OMG look at the color on the feta cheese!

Add in the feta cheese, either sliced, cubed, or crumbled.
Mix in the Greek dressing.

Greek Beet Salad

Greek Beet Salad

Greek Beet Salad

Greek Beet Salad

Greek Beet Salad

First off, I want to say how incredible the color is.  Everything became a gorgeous, bright fuchsia color. It instantly made this fun to eat!  I just loved biting into these beets. They have a sweet and earthy taste with an indescribable texture.  The dressing was tart from the vinegar, and super flavorful from all the different spices. The feta was strong and salty, as always, and gave the salad that unmistakable Greek flavor. The chickpeas added a nice flavor, and also gave this meal a kick of protein.  This salad was so good and I was really happy that I got to enjoy more beets. I can't wait to see what else I can create with nature's candy.

What foods have you been too scared to try? Do you love beets as much as I do?

Bye from the Veggie Side!

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