Posted on

Raw carrot and beet salad with tahini dressing

My brother Dan brought this recipe beet salad with tahini dressing into my life. Him and his girlfriend used to make this often. To get me involved they started asking for my help making the dressing. After I had made the tahini dressing just a few times in their presence, they made me do it from ever on, which was how I built my confidence in making salad dressings. It is so creamy and yummy, it perfectly balances the earthiness of the raw beets and the sweetness of the carrots.

If you need a good way to include raw beets in your diet, this is it. It is also a great way to use raw carrots and beets from your garden. Guests are amazed at how good it tastes. Most people eating this salad recipe eat way more beets in one sitting than they ever would have. Remember, tahini is from ground sesame’s so anyone with an allergy to this should be warned  : )

If you looking for another way to use raw beets and carrots, juicing them has amazing health benefits. My very favorite homemade fresh juice is carrot apple beet juice with ginger. Afterwards I often use the pulp to make pulp bread.

If you like beets and sweets you should check out my killer recipe for beet brownies and also my healthy carrot cake recipe.

Raw carrot and beet salad with tahini dressing

Yield: 4-6 servings

Equipment: Food processor or other method for grating beets and carrots (e.x. mandoline slicer, spiralizer, cheese grater), and a blender for dressing.

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 10 medium-large carrots
  • 2-3 beets
  • Lettuce or mixed baby greens

Tahini dressing ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup (or more water)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt
  • optional: add a little goat cheese to make it creamy

Steps:

  1. First, prepare the dressing in blender by combining all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Next, grate the carrots and then the beets (easiest in food processor), if you wish squeeze a little lemon over them so the carrots keep their color.
  3. Place the carrots and beets in bowl and mix in the dressing, serve on top of lettuce or mixed baby greens (you will have more dressing than salad, dressing should stay good in refrigerator for about 5 days).

Resources on the Health Benefits of Beets, carrots, and tahini

  1. http://www.health.com/nutrition/beets-health-benefits
  2. https://www.almanac.com/blog/natural-health-home-tips/beets-health-benefits
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/298585.php
  4. http://www.realfoodforlife.com/10-benefits-of-carrots-the-crunchy-powerfood/
If you like it share it:
Posted on

Carrot apple beet ginger juice

What a name huh? The name lists the ingredients in order of quantity that make up this luscious cleansing juice. This carrot apple beet ginger juice is so satisfying.

Drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices is a great way to deliver nutrients to your body. It is an ideal addition to your diet because these nutrients can be absorbed better and faster than if you were eating the vegetables and juices. However, juicing removes most of the beneficial fiber you would normally be consuming by eating, instead of drinking, the produce.

Many people have varying opinions on juicing. Especially, on juice cleanses. I personally have found short juice cleanses to be extremely effective. I did my first 3-day juice cleanse  as a last resort to bronchial sickness. An urgent care clinician prescribed me a Z-Pak antibiotics, which were not effective. Desperate to a solution, a friend recommended a juice fast. The idea is that it delivers nutrients to your system fast while giving you digestive system (and your whole body) a break. This break from your digestive system is helpful because your body is able to route your resources towards fitting your illness. After 3 short days my sickness was gone.

Since then, I’ve done a few more juice fasts/cleanses. The longest fast I did was 10 days. At the end I felt brilliant, my mental fogginess was gone. I felt extreme emotional and mental clarity and had increased energy. This carrot apple ginger juice is a standby for me.

2014-10-12 10.26.36

 

Equipment: decent juicer

Yield: almost 4 cups, 32 ounces.

Ingredients (organic!!)

  • 10-15 large carrots (tops cut off)
  • 3 small apples (cored, not peeled)
  • ⅓ of a very large beet (size of an large orange), OR ½ of a medium beet (tennis ball), 1 whole small beet (peeling it give it a cleaner flavor)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled)

Steps:

  1. Wash all ingredients, Peel if needed
  2. Start with the carrots and juice until you get about 2 cups of juice
  3. Add the apples, and then the beet until you get a nice red pinkish color
  4. Add the ginger and juice a few more carrots until you get the desired amount of juice
  5. Taste and add more of the above adjust for any other flavors

2014-10-12 10.26.41

If you like it share it: