The other day I read that beets were the number one superfood for 2009. So when I saw some fresh beets at the supermarket I decided to go for it. Beets are also sold already cooked here, in plastic packages—more convenient, as I discovered when I tried to peel the roasted beets. The Brits really like their beets. I'm not British, so I'm a little more reserved about them...don't love them; don't hate them. But for 2009's top superfood, I'll give it a go.
This salad is a good way to serve the objectionable beet. The citrusy flavors are ideal for masking beets' strong earthiness.
Be sure to roast the beets ahead of time, and peel them when they're cool enough to handle. You can also dip them in a bowl of chilled water if they're too hot. You'll end up with beet colored water, which could be fun.
Peel the oranges, being sure to get as much white pith off as you can. Then slice them thinly with a good sharp knife.
I served my oranges and beets over mixed baby greens. Try rocket (arugula) and spinach.
I'm still not a lover of beets, but I'd have them again served this way. Maybe by the end of 2010.