Friday, March 25, 2011

Roasted Beet Salad with Chia Sesame Dressing and Cilantro

I love beets so much! I think they are a great addition the the diet. Being naturally sweet, when you eat beets as part of a main meal, it lessens the craving for sweet foods. At least for me it does!

*I shouldn't have to say this, but I will (due to the emails and some comments I've been receiving):

 I am not a medical doctor. I have no scientific basis for the claim that eating beets as part of your meal will reduce sugar cravings. This is only based on my own experience. You may have a different experience. Please, it's not necessary to email me about how horrible beets (insert other foods that I blog about) are in your so called "healthy diet". 

Oy Vey.. I digress!

So onto the delicious recipe!

I used my Sesame Chia Dressing to top this delicious salad, but I also add some lemon pepper and toasted cumin seeds. I LOVE toasting whole seeds of any kind. The use of cumin seeds gives you a lovely burst of flavor every bit or two that will linger on your palate.

Sesame Beet Salad

  • 2 c roasted beets, cooled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 c shredded carrots
  • 2 T  diced red onion or shallot
  • 2 t minced fresh ginger
  • 1 t lemon pepper
  • 1/4 t toasted cumin seeds
  • 1/4 c toasted sesame seeds
  • Pinch stevia (or 1 T sweetener of choice)
  • 1 orange, sectioned (squeeze the juice into your bowl!)
  • 1 T Umeboshi Vinegar
  • 1/2 c cilantro, chopped
  • Sesame Chia Dressing To Taste
  • Soy Sauce to taste
Mix everything together. Add soy sauce to taste. Enjoy

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  1. gah! this sounds so good! I can't wait till I'm done moving so that I can try this out.

  2. Looks great! I love that I only need to pick up one ingredient-cumin seeds-to make this too. I must say I literally snorted with laughter at your disclaimer, sorry you're being harrassed for expressing your opinion about how food works for your body. Keep those recipes coming, they're awesome!

  3. I am not a huge beets fan- but my dad is- he will love this- thanks!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  4. I am not a huge beets fan- but my dad is- he will love this- thanks!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  5. I LOVE beets -- and they are healthy for you. I'm sorry someone has been bothering you about your food. I love reading about what you make!

  6. Beets are the best! I can't believe there was a time when I thought I didn't like them. I was obviously crazy then.

  7. You always come up with the most extravagantly colorful and flavorful recipes! Seriously, your food is just gorgeous. I also love toasting seeds, and cumin is my favorite, though black sesame is right up there, too.

  8. Oh, I love beets too! And I agree about the sweetness factor. This salad sounds like such a great combo of flavors.

  9. Yum--I love both cilantro and cumin, so this sounds like it is right up my alley!


  10. beets are like the only thing I don't like! But I'll have to try it sometime :)

  11. I adore beet(root, as we say in Australia), chia, and sesame, so this looks divine!

  12. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Tried this recipe tonight and my kids loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!