beetroot + carrot salad with orange + mint {RAW}

Beetroot and Orange Salad

The weather has been picking up in the last few days and with the welcome blue skies and some warmth blowing through Sligo, I’ve been craving something light and crunchy. We have been experiencing all of the seasons nearly every day this week and as much as I crave a good rainy day when I am away from home, one will do and then we can go back to the sunshine. The last few days have been bringing the goods and right now, there is blue skies and sunshine bouncing off my view of Knocknarea.

This is a bit of kitchen surprise salad. It’s surprisingly easy to put together. A bit of grating and juicing and you’ll be sitting down to a colourful feast in no time. We have a glut of fresh fruit and veg in the house at the moment that I am steadily making my way through. There’s a huge box of avocadoes, some aubergines and juicy looking pears that I’m going to be roasting, mashing and gobbling. Not all at once, mind! I did manage to pick up a bag of three perfect beetroots from my local health store for 40c. I couldn’t pass them up. The rest of the ingredients I had lying around at home.

Beetroot is a great plant based source of Iron and vitamins which is great for those suffering with Anaemia or looking for an extra hit of Vitamin C. Along with inhaling as much cacao in my raw treats and chomping down on leafy greens, I love to eat raw beetroot as much as possible to bump up my iron intake. It’s excellent in hummus, juiced or just grated into a salad, like here! I’m going to hit up the beetroot hummus next with my last beetroot of the pack. I love it’s earthy yet sweet tones and the burst of colour it adds to your meal.

You can happily serve this as a side dish for a lovely summer picnic. I did eat it as a main course though. It would be lovely with some fresh sourdough to soak up all of the juices. I sadly had no sourdough, next time!


Beetroot, Orange and Carrot

beetroot + carrot salad with orange + mint

serves 4 as a side dish

2 medium raw beetroots, grated

2 medium carrots, grated

juice of one orange

drizzle of olive oil

1/2 tspn fresh chili

handful of shredded mint

small handful of walnuts

sprinkle of sesame seeds

juice the orange into a salad bowl with the fresh chili

drizzle in some olive oil, salt + pepper

add in the grated beetroot and toss

before serving, add in the grated carrot, walnuts and mint. mix.

sprinkle with sesame seeds and another drizzle of olive oil.

serve immediately.

Beetroot Salad Aerial


Don’t forget to check out the National Vegetarian Week site and also tag your photos online with #irishvegweek. Get into those veggies!

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