I love beets, but I would never attempt cooking them at my apartment. David and I made a beet and goat cheese salad at last year’s Thanksgiving, and while the dish was a huge hit, my mom had a sink full of purple water. Way too messy and difficult. And the canned variety tastes like mush. The Creative Delites solution– hit up WFM for a bright beet salad from the prepared foods department. See my verdict. The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).
Beet Vinaigrette Salad
Appearance: Vibrant red-purplish color. Since the chives in the salad looked dyed from the beet juice, I decided to add some fresh chopped chives for a colorful garnish
Texture: Tender in the middle, not mushy, but too soft on the outside
Flavor: The beets have an earthy, natural sweet flavor. The vinaigrette, however, lacks seasoning. Note: the salad tastes best served at room temperature.
Cost: $ 3.84 for 1/2 lb (enough salad for 1 or 2 people)
Health: This beet salad is an excellent way to boost the nutrition in your dinner. Beets are rich in iron, fiber, and folic acid. And they are also low in calories. The ingredients in the salad are simply– beets, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, canola oil, sea salt, black pepper, red onion, and chives.
Recommendation: The salad needs a little something, something. I topped it with a bit more sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh chopped chives. I didn’t have any cheese on hand, but the salad would be great served with goat cheese or ricotta salata.
Resolution Stats: 16 new food stuffs tried, 89 more to go
Final Verdict: I recommend the “idea” of a prepared beet salad from a quality market like Whole Foods, but this particular salad is done too simply. Again, the salad would benefit from additional seasoning or a richer dressing.