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Steamed Baby Beets with Garlic Scape Vinaigrette


Plus 6 more of my favorite Beet Recipes!
A Simple Recipe using Ingredients from a local Farmers’ Market. It’s easy to steam beets! Add to an assertive and zesty vinaigrette with Green Garlic Scapes; the curly shoot of the garlic bulb… they’re like scallions with a garlic kick!

Adding some Peppered Goat Cheese ~ lends a nice creaminess and a tangy flavor to the beet salad. I love purple scallions too! Check your local Farmers’ Market.
A Bunch of Beets from my local Farmers’ Market

For the best flavor choose baby or young early-season beets.
I recommend healthy steaming beets until just cooked through and easy to slip off their peels to maximize their nutrition and flavor. Their concentration of phytonutrients, such as betalains, is diminished by heat.
(Although I really enjoy the flavor of roasted beets too, which cook for a longer time.)

Garlic Scapes available now ~ late Spring to early Summer

Garlic Scapes are the flower bud of the hardneck garlic plant. The bud is removed to encourage the bulbs to thicken up.
The green shoots, or stems, that grow from those roots are known as garlic scapes!
The tops of the stem are the most tender – slice the remaining thinly.
They have a milder taste than the garlic cloves, similar to shallots or chives.

What to do with Garlic Scapes:
Since they taste like garlic, but a bright, fresh, green-colored version of it – you can use them anywhere you would use regular garlic!
They are usually sold in bunches – but at some farmers’ markets they are sometimes sold singly.
With a bunch, a favorite thing to do is make a batch of pesto!
You’ll get one with bright color and a similar but mellow flavor.

Think about using them like scallions – slice and add to a sauté.
Fabulous in a stir fry, accompanies potatoes wonderfully – and the perfect addition to pasta with olive oil and grated parmesan.

Ingredients for the vinaigrette include minced Garlic Scapes, Red Scallions and Garlic
A bunch of Fresh Beets from a farmer’s market makes a whole lot of scrumptious Beet Salad!
A fabulous side dish with color – I love to add herbs growing in my garden. Here basil and oregano.
Close-Up of the Vinaigrette with Garlic Scapes and Purple Scallions

A Little Beet Nutrition – Beets provide some impressive health benefits:

Beets are filled with impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber, folate and vitamin C.
They can help regulate blood pressure, may help boost brain health, help lower your risk for heart disease, help improve digestion and bowel movement and help fight inflammation.

A half a cup of beets contains only about 55 calories.

There are three main varieties of Beets: Red Beets, Golden Beets and Chioggia Beets (also known as candy cane beets; striped red & white.)

Beet Greens are super-nutritious!
Use them just as you would with chard, kale, and other leafy greens. They are rich in vitamin K, copper, manganese, iron and calcium.

See these other Creative Beet Recipes!

Strawberry and Beet Salad with Strawberry-Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
Wood Fired Beet Salad with Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette
Beet Tzatziki Sauce with Spiced Chicken Skewer
Beet, Tomato and Radish Salad ~ Beet Green Vinaigrette
Buddha Bowl With Beets, Quinoa and a Bevy of Vegetables
Beet and Chickpea Cakes with Mint and Lemon Zest


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