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Beet Leaf and Root Salad

My sister Tara is running an incredible 8 marathons in 8 days in order to raise £5000 for The Yoga Mission, a fantastic project helping some of the poorest children in India fulfil their potential. She is already halfway towards her total but with the challenge one week away she needs more support! There is more about the campaign on her website and please donate here for this great cause.

Tara is looking for ways to boost her endurance for this daunting challenge. In her blog post, she talks about the numerous health and performance benefits of beetroot but also that she can’t stand eating it!

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Personally I love beetroot either boiled or roasted under a joint of meat, it also has a unique, very earthy flavour when eaten raw and can take on strong salty and acidic flavours very well. I have read about runners drinking shots of the juice to boost performance and maybe it is the intensity of the raw juice with nothing to balance it that has given it a bad name.

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This simple recipe aims to showcase the beautiful colours and the unique flavour of beets by shaving them finely and pairing them with a tangy goat’s cheese and tart lemon dressing. The leaves are also used to give a slightly bitter background and fresh mint on top gives a fragrant freshness.

Beet Leaf and Root Salad
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Servings Prep Time
2 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 20 minutes
Beet Leaf and Root Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 20 minutes
Ingredients
For the salad
For the dressing
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel the beets and slice as thin as possible. Use a Japanese mandolin or a vegetable peeler to get wafer thin slices
  2. Set aside a few leaves to provide a bed for the salad, gather the rest together and shred them. Pile the shredded leaves on top
  3. Place the slices of betroot over the leaves and season the salad with salt and pepper
  4. Roll up the mint leaves and shred them finely and sprinkle over the salad
  5. Crumble the goat's cheese over the salad
  6. Mix all the dressing ingredients together until emulsified and dress the salad
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