Spring Clean Raw Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad

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Hello, my name is Angela. It’s very nice to meet you.

Lately I’m enjoying…

  • Sunshine
  • Walks around the neighbourhood
  • Bunny spottings
  • Epsom salt baths before bed
  • Homemade juice
  • Fresh hair do’s
  • Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub on face and body
  • Purging unwanted household items for donation
  • Horses on the farm
  • Melting snow and peeking grass
  • Tea with girlfriends
  • Deep stretches
  • Anything no bake, especially date squares!
  • Colour on my plate and in my closet
  • Red and Gold BEETS

What are you enjoying lately?

This week, the sun is back and the temperature seems to be ever so slowly creeping upwards. Five degrees and sunshine? I’ll take it. And I’ll raise you 20 degrees. bahaha.

This better not be an April Fool’s joke because I’m finally ready for Spring…bring it on!

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Yesterday, I was in such good spirits, all I could think about was making an energizing raw salad to fit my mood. I always feel so uplifted when I eat salads, so I thought I could take it to a new level with this fun beet, carrot, and apple salad served over a bed of greens.

My relationship with beets growing up was a rocky one and I occasionally still have nightmares about the pseudo Jell-O canned beets my dad used to encourage me to try. Last year, I fell in love with beets when I started to juice with them. After juicing, I got a bit more daring and tried this amazing cooked beet salad at Karyn’s on Green in Chicago. Things have been going pretty well in our relationship, so I decided to put my fears aside and give a raw beet salad a shot! Who knows, maybe we’d take our relationship to a whole new level?

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This would be a good time to whip out those ginormous lunch lady gloves that are supposed to be a size ‘small’. ;)

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Creepy, yet functional. And no pink stained hands!

Oh…Eric tells me that I forgot to mention an OXO gadget yesterday. I did it on purpose because I never use this thing!

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Meet the Apple Slicer. Eric LOVES this gadget and I make fun of him for being too lazy to slice an apple. I mean, do we really need to save time slicing an apple? Are apples difficult to slice? I never see a need to use it, but he uses it all the time and constantly raves about it. I used it yesterday for this salad and I have to admit it was a bit fun. ;) Shhh don’t tell him I said that.

Sometimes I put produce stickers on it to annoy him. Remember, our war? It rages on my friends.

For this salad, you can grate everything by hand and kick it old school like I did or you can use a food processor if you have a grate attachment.

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Note to self: Figure out how to use processor grate attachment stat.

At the last minute, I mixed in a hefty portion of sesame seeds and some chopped almonds for some healthy fats and protein. The chopped almonds gave it a nice texture and crunch!

When I first tried this salad, I was not very impressed. It just tasted a bit off and the flavour wasn’t what I expected after using so many wonderful seasonings. I read the original recipe and I realized that it said to let the salad stand for about 30 minutes to let the flavours develop!

Ah, this made sense. And you know what? It rocked my world after letting it stand for about 30-40 minutes and it was even better several hours later when I had it with dinner. It was a bit sweet, a bit tangy, a bit spicy, and a bit garlicky. Somehow it just worked for me. I really had a kick to my step after eating this! I enjoyed it with an Ezekiel English muffin with hummus.

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I’m off to see my doctor about my tailbone. I am happy to report that my tailbone pain has improved quite a bit over the past several days. I’m doing lots of back stretches twice a day as well as Epsom salt baths and light walking. Sitting is not good for the back, so I have been trying to stay active on my feet and get up from the desk frequently to stretch. Today, I’m hoping to get the approval from the doc to do some non-impact elliptical exercise at the gym until I’m back to 100%. This girl needs to sweat!

Coming up: One of my favourite baked goods so far in 2011. They have no refined flour, no white sugar, no added fat, no soy, and can be made gluten-free to boot. :)

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Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com March 30, 2011

This looks so fresh, colorful and healthy! It’s just a shame I don’t like beets. ;)

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jenna March 30, 2011

I LOVE beets!! this salad looks so vibrant and flavorful!! I hope your good mood vibes continue. :)

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Andrea March 30, 2011

I’m loving the colours in this salad! It’s funny, my boyfriend and I have a produce sticker war going on as well – he sticks them to our kitchen backsplash and tries to see how many can accumulate before I get annoyed and rip them all down – his record is 4 and he thinks it’s hilarious lol.

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CathyK March 30, 2011

oh, my fingers are crossed for you that you get the Elliptical OK, angela!
this sunshine-streak we’re on is glorious – it DOES raise the spirits!

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Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh March 30, 2011

I love beets! I used to be so afraid of them but now i can’t get enough of them! Especially the color! I’m so sorry bout your tailbone! That’s the worst pain when falling on ice. Trust me I have been there!

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Lana March 30, 2011

Loving the surgeon glove! because otherwise it would look like you performed surgery on someone!! lol Looks delish!

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Jackie @ Baking Charms March 30, 2011

Ooh just saw your link for the lemon sugar scrub :) I’m ready to make that ASAP! I love homemade beauty products.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

it’s so easy + cheap…I love it!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged March 30, 2011

Same! I was hooked on the LUSH sea salt scrub but it’s SO expensive…a little salt + lime does the exact same thing in my opinion!

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PB Addict March 30, 2011

Deep stretches are priceless :) This salad looks so refreshing!

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Alex March 30, 2011

*gasp* I didn’t even know golden beet existed. Does it exist in the UK?! Must get down to wholefoods immediately…

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 30, 2011

That salad sounds delicious! One of my favourite things about spring is all the brightly coloured delicious produce. I just tried golden beets for the first time yesterday, but rather than eating them raw, I roasted them in the oven with some herbs, lemon juice and olive oil. (http://wp.me/pSUCS-1Rg) They were delicious! I am not a huge fan of purple beets because I find the taste is really strong, but the golden ones were great. I hope you have a great day Ange, and enjoy the sunshine!

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RJ March 30, 2011

Raw beetroot is so tasty. It is very nice combined with orange juice and sunflower seeds too. Another of my faves is beetroot risotto. It looks so beautiful and tastes fantastic too. I use a recipe from food.com

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

mmm those sounds wonderful. Sunflower seeds is a great idea too!

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Danielle March 30, 2011

Dear Angela, Please make me this salad. I will be forever in your debt. Love, me :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

:)

I saw your Q about dandelion greens- I like to add some into my GM’s for a detoxifying effect!

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Danielle March 30, 2011

Thanks for the recommendation. Great idea!

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Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey March 30, 2011

I love beets, but have always eaten them cooked. (I usually roast or boil them). But this looks delicious.

I’m definitely with you on the gloves! I pulled them out not too long ago to make Kimchi (and my hands STILL felt the burn!). They are laughably large on my hands too!

~

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Alyssa March 30, 2011

He, he, he . . . that is to funny about the stickers and apple slicer. My husband is the same way. We got one of those way back when we got married and my husband thought it was the best thing. I was like. . .by the time you find that in the drawer I will have a apple all sliced and ready to go!

The salad looks amazing! I so wish that I wasn’t allergic to beets, I mean really who is allergic to beets? And I am one of those that has always loved them. I have faith though that some way I will conquer these dump allergies.

I hope your bum starts feeling better!

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Baking 'n' Books March 30, 2011

Haha – most people wouldn’t care if they were allergic to vegetables! I think I’d die…;)

How do you know your allergic?

Love the positive list. I really wish I had a bath-tub to take a bath!! Grr – just a shower tub…

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Alyssa March 30, 2011

Well, I assume that I am allergic. Beets, spinach, broccoli, and sometime zucchini puts my stomach in such pain that I will get sick from the pain (if you know what I mean;). I have tried digestive enzymes and they help a little. The doctor said just don’t eat them. I have a hard time excepting that though. It just stinks because this is what I want to eat but junk food does just fine with my stomach(?). Like I said, one day I will figure it out, oh I will!

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Baking 'n' Books March 30, 2011

Oh I’m so sorry to hear that! Well – there are other veggies?! Hopefully they don’t all bother you. And hey – other foods aren’t junk!! There’s lots of good food besides veggies.

Chocolate inlcuded of course :)

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Faith @ lovelyascharged March 30, 2011

I love those jello beets! Weird, I know!

I’ve been loving lentils, blueberry tea, the elliptical, Paramore and being a puppy momma!

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Christina March 30, 2011

I’m not a fan of beets but I can definitely see myself making this with another type of veggie :)

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Holly @ The Runny Egg March 30, 2011

I love the color of this salad! I don’t eat many beets which is too bad. I think they taste so good.

Good luck at the doctor today!

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C March 30, 2011

I’m with your hubby on the apple slicer. Brilliant invention! My mom just gave me a large size version for doing melons :)

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious March 30, 2011

This salad looks awesome!! We had a few days of warm weather a couple of weeks ago and it’s made me crave raw veggies like crazy! I can’t wait to try this.

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Shanna, Like Banana March 30, 2011

This salad screams fresh, clean, and healthy but oh so tasty. I’m intrigued by the apple/beet combo!

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Katy @ A Healthy Shot March 30, 2011

I loooooooove beats & I can’t wait to try this salad! It looks so fresh & spring-y!

I’m loving the sunshine and skirts right now, even though it’s still just above freezing! Random odd confession: I am terrified of produce stickers. I remember my mom sticking a banana sticker on me when I was little and I absolutely freaked out… I think I was traumatized, and they’ve creeped me out ever since then. I still avoid them like the plague. ;-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

haha that is random! they are quite creepy now that I think about it. LOL

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AGS March 30, 2011

Wow. . . this makes me crave my usual raw salad for lunch today. Instead, I’ll be at a legislative luncheon, where some type of boring chicken or beef is sure to be on the menu (and I’ll be lucky if there’s a veg option. . .). I’ll make up for my missed salad at dinner, and follow it with some banana/cherry soft-serve to fill out my raw quota for the day. OK, now I have something to look forward to. ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

That sounds like a great plan!

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 30, 2011

I forced myself to fall in love with beets when they became 50% of our CSA share at times last summer ;) It worked out really well; I found out I love them roasted, and that my husband makes a mean borscht! Haha. Actually quite delicious. Kind of how this salad looks :) Good luck with the doc today!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

yes, we got a lot of beets in our CSA too! oodles and oodles.

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Gail March 30, 2011

I LOVE my elliptical. It’s not 100% like running, but I find it’s close. I can really get my heart rate up there (more so than if I biked). I had to stop running due to my ankle, but the elliptical allows me to get a decent workout in (although I wish I could do it outside). Did you know that raising the incline doesn’t increase the intensity (like running uphill does), it just works different muscles in your leg. I didn’t know that until we bought one the the salesguy told us. Anyway, I hope your tailbone is better!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

The elliptical is my favourite cardio machine! It will be nice for a change. :)

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Tulika March 30, 2011

YES! This recipe looks amazing (mostly because beets are my faaavorite veggie!).

So glad to hear you are doing better…hopefully you get to hear some good news today!

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Moni'sMeals March 30, 2011

so fresh and so clean!
I love the gloves. too cute you are!

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Amber K March 30, 2011

lol, I use my apple slicer daily! In fact, I got so tired of having to clean it constantly that I bought a second one so that I always have one that’s clean. I love that it gives uniform slices and takes like two seconds!

I wish I could like having salads more often. I don’t know what combinations do it, but for some reason it’s just not filling, even though I add plenty of fat, protein and fiber. Something about eating “just” a salad makes my stomach burn a little. Ugh.

I hope the doctor can give you some answers for your poor tailbone. And can I just say again how amazing those date bars are! I had to give the rest of the batch to my friend because I don’t think eating three bars for lunch was my best idea ;)

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Amber K March 30, 2011

Although after eating them, I did have a TON of energy that I burned off at the gym.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

haha nice :) I had to make a second batch this week! I was in withdrawal. they make a great dessert bar too.

I hear you about salads not being filling. I always have my salad with something else, in this case an English muffin slathered in hummus did the trick til snacktime :)

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Amber K March 30, 2011

Oh what a good idea! A nice slice of Udi’s bread with some hummus sounds really good right now.

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) March 30, 2011

“Note to self: Figure out how to use processor grate attachment stat.” So do I !! Not sure why in the 3 years of having my wonderful and helpful food processor I have never bothered to learn how to use any of the attachments ?!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

haha Glad im not the only one…I tried to put it together and failed. I was like ‘am I missing a part or something???’ lol, it did not seem right what I did so I gave up and used some elbow grease ;)

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) March 30, 2011

I did the SAME THING LOL LOL! ;D …couldn’t get the thing to fit together right, so was forced to elbow grease it … I really need to figure that darn thing out one of these days.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

hahaha where is that damn manual when you need it???

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 30, 2011

That is so beautiful! And it looks delicious. :)

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Lesley Lifting Life March 30, 2011

That beet salad looks very refreshing, and so colorful!

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Jenn from Much to My Delight March 30, 2011

Holy gorgeous pictures. You never cease to amaze me with the beauty of your photographs. Those colors are a balm to my weary eyes.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

thank you!!

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Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 30, 2011

That golden beet looks gorge! I actually saw those for the first time the other day and thought to myself, “Self, I want to make something with that.”

Then bam, you hit me with this recipe!

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Heather (heathers dish) March 30, 2011

This is such a beautiful salad! I just with I liked raw beets, but maybe mixes with apples and carrots they wouldn’t be so bad :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

the apple is key!

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Sarah @ becoming-sarah March 30, 2011

What a refreshing sounding recipe! I absolutely adore beets so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Also, might I recommend that anyone with a penchant for beets read “Jitterbug Perfume” by Tom Robbins as it opens with the most beautiful ode to the beet that I could ever imagine.

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 30, 2011

I love beets and sesame seeds compliment them so well

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Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey March 30, 2011

Glad you’re feeling better!

This salad looks absolutely lovely. I know what you mean about the apple slicer… I never use mine either. I prefer tinier slices so it takes me longer to eat the apple. I do use my mango slicer, though! A friend gave me one for my bday last year.

The sticker thing made me giggle. :)

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kate@ahealthypassion March 30, 2011

OMG I JUST BOUGHT A BEET! Now I know how to use it wooooooo thanks :)

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy March 30, 2011

Mm, it’s been a while since I’ve had beets and now I’m craving them! :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 30, 2011

The salad is so pretty!!! I feel like a bad food blogger admitting this-but I’ve never actually tried beets! I always just imagine them being bitter.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011

I think many people haven’t tried them before….I always thought they were gross! It’s a taste you develop overtime I think :)

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 30, 2011

That is gorgeous! It might even get me to like beets being that pretty!

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