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Raw Beet Salad with Mint and Pear (Gluten Free)

By Irene Shaver @hhwife
My youngest and I have planted a few too many beets this year.  They have really taken off and many are ready for harvest. I am not sure what I am going to do with them all as I think I do prefer cooked beet greens to actual cooked beetroot.  In the summer however, this raw beetroot salad is definitely the way to go, it is delicious.  My family and I discovered this recipe a few summers ago.  I can take zero credit for, but rather give all credit to Jamie Oliver.  I highly recommend it, even my girls enjoy it.
 Raw Beet Salad with Mint and Pear (Gluten Free)
  • 4 medium sized beets, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces (a mandolin is helpful here)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat, sheep or cow feta cheese (optional, but tasty)
  • 1-2 ripe pears cut into matchstick pieces*
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 drops stevia (optional)
Raw Beet Salad with Mint and Pear (Gluten Free) My youngest pulling up some of her beets
  1. In a medium size bowl combine beets, mint, feta and pear (see note about pears)
  2. In a small bowl combine all dressing ingredients and stir to fully mix.  
  3. Pour dressing over salad and serve or let sit 1-2 hours in the fridge to allow flavours to combine.
*if making this salad ahead (more than 2-3 hours) I leave the pears out until close to serving, as they can get kind of mushy if left too long in the dressing

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