Beets are one of those vegetables that people either love or hate -- it seems there's no in between when it comes to the earthy red vegetable. Most people have only ever eaten beets cooked, which is fine, but it's not the only way beets can be prepared. Have you ever thought to eat them raw? If you're one of those people who say you hate beets, you might just rethink your stance once you've tried them raw.
Whether they're grated or thinly shaved, beets are wonderful to eat raw -- you get much more of that sweet flavor than when it's cooked. But it doesn't have to be all about beet salads -- we've got recipes that re-imagine beets as finger sandwiches and ravioli. See all the unique ways to eat raw beets in the slideshow.
Raw Striped-Beet Ravioli With Herb And Goat Cheese Filling
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cannellevanille.com/2012/06/afternoon-with-fig-fauna-and-some-raw.html" target="_hplink">Raw Striped-Beet Ravioli with Herb and Goat Cheese Filling recipe from Cannelle et Vanille</a></strong> The beets get sliced so thin for this recipe that they're pliable enough to use as pasta for filling with herbed goat cheese. It's all drizzled with a lemon and parsley oil vinaigrette.
Raw Tea Sandwiches
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.rawmazing.com/raw-tea-sandwiches/" target="_hplink">Raw Tea Sandwiches recipe from Rawmazing</a></strong> These tea sandwiches don't have any bread at all -- thinly sliced beet and cucumbers serve as the stacks that sandwich together a creamy pine nut pesto.
Beet Salad With Orange, Edamame And Goat Cheese
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bootsintheoven.com/boots_in_the_oven/2009/05/beet-salad.html" target="_hplink">Beet Salad with Orange, Edamame and Goat Cheese recipe from Boots in the Oven</a></strong> Use any beets to make this salad, but the candy-striped Chioggia variety will look most unique. The salad also features orange segments, roasted edamame and crumbled goat cheese.
Beet Fennel Salad
Get the <a href="http://inspiringtheeveryday.com/2012/03/06/coconut-shrimp-a-beet-fennel-salad/" target="_hplink">Beet Fennel Salad recipe from Inspiring the Everyday</a> Shaving raw vegetables for a salad not only makes them pretty, it also makes them easy to eat when you get them as thin as possible. Golden beets, Chioggia beets and fennel are all shaved for this refreshing salad.
Golden Beet And Cress Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.rawmazing.com/the-new-year/" target="_hplink">Golden Beet and Cress Salad from Rawmazing</a></strong> Beautiful golden beet and tiny baby cress make up this simple salad. A bit of lime juice, Dijon mustard and olive oil dress the vegetables.
Heart Beet Rawvioli With Pesto Oil
<strong>Get the <a href="http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/2011/10/heart-beet-rawvioli-with-pesto-oil.html" target="_hplink">Heart Beet Rawvioli with Pesto Oil recipe from My New Roots</a></strong> Thinly sliced beets are cut into heart shapes to create this visually appealing dish. The beets are filled with a pine nut spread and then drizzled over with pesto oil.
Grated Raw Beet Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.kitchencorners.com/2012/01/grated-raw-beet-salad-day-6-of-31-days.html" target="_hplink">Grated Raw Beet Salad recipe from Kitchen Corners</a></strong> You can whip this salad together easily when you use your food processor's grater attachment. Lime juice and olive oil are all you need for the dressing.
Beet Salad with Jicama, Avocado And Orange
<strong>Get the <a href="http://withstyle.me/2012/02/27/beet-salad-jicama-avocado-oranges/" target="_hplink">Beet Salad with Jicama, Avocado and Orange recipe from With Style and Grace</a></strong> This fun salad is a play on colors, flavors and textures. Bright red raw beets combine with crunchy jicama, creamy avocado and juicy oranges.
Raw Beet, Carrot And Apple Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2011/03/30/spring-clean-beet-carrot-and-apple-salad/" target="_hplink">Raw Beet, Carrot and Apple Salad recipe from Oh She Glows</a></strong> This grated salad features beets, carrots and apples. The dressing combines olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes and maple syrup. Garnish with sesame seeds.
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