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Cold Beet and Wheat Salad

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to enjoy.

I’m also very tired, so it’s going to be a quick and easy blog post as well.  You know those days when you just can’t wait to get in bed and fall asleep?  Yes.  So excited.

Plus, I am on vacation next week!  The sooner I go to bed, the sooner I wake up, and the sooner I wake up, the sooner it is Friday and we get to visit one of my favorite couples of all time, the Jensens.

Cold Beet and Wheat Salad

  • 1 C uncooked wheat (spelt) berries (or 2 C cooked–any other whole grain you like would work, too)
  • 2 C water
  • 2 medium beets, cooked
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 T olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Start by cooking the beets–I always roast mine in the oven.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees, wrap the beets in foil and add a teensy bit of water, then stick ’em in there to roast for an hour or so until tender.  Once they are cooked and cooled a bit, you can easily rub the skins off with paper towels or rubber gloves.

When the beets are about ready, cook the grains.  I used spelt berries, and just combined 1 C berries with 2 C water, brought to a boil, then reduced the heat to low for about 30 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the spelt was tender.

Combine the spelt and diced beets.

Add the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix it all up and taste, taste, taste!

I really loved this salad.  You can serve it warm or cold or juuuust right, Goldilocks.

I had it warm right after I made it, and cold at work–I think I enjoyed it cold better.

And just for the record, I’m not a huge fan of grainy salads (but I think I could become one).  The second time I had it at work, I actually said “mmmmmm” out loud in the middle of the lunch room.

Caught awkwardly congratulating my own cooking skills, guys.  In public.  I just pretended Fritz had made it.  They were very impressed.

Guess who tried beets…and did NOT like them?

Probably the only food he doesn’t like,broccoli and cauliflower included.

Lastly, I almost forgot to share a weird beet fact with you (some of you probably already read it on my Facebook page).  I was googling beets to find out their iron content (not high) and I learned two crazy things:

  1. Only 15% of the population pees pink after they eat beets (um…I thought that was everyone!)
  2. If you do pee pink after eating beets, you probably have low iron! (check!)

The website I read (sorry, lost the link) said that if you pee pink after eating beets, you should probably get your iron levels checked.  Having a history of mild anemia, this was a nice reminder that I need to be more conscientious about having iron (or remembering to take my supplements).


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  1. Nuts about food

    I never knew that about beets, and never would have guessed since I am not a part of that 15%. Very interesting.

  2. Caitlin

    Oh I have homemade pickled beets in the cellar. This would be a great side to throw together in a pinch. I think I’ll try it with quinoa or couscous since I don’t have wheat berries. :)

  3. Judit - Corina @WineDineDaily

    What an other great recipe with beets! Cute Kitty…

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