This recipe comes from Alton Brown’s I’m Just Here for the Food. Like the carrot salad, it features grated veggies, and this presentation seems to appeal to my toddler. We’ve been inundated with beets around here. This salad turned out to be my favorite beet recipe this season. It calls for broccoli stems, which is awesome since I occasionally throw away the stems in favor of the prettier florets. The truth is that the broccoli in this salad is totally overwhelmed by the beets in both color and taste. That’s not a bad thing if you’re feeding kids that are suspicious of green color and bitter taste. The broccoli does add a nice crunch, and of course, great nutritional value.
- 2 large beets (Alton suggests yellow beets so that the whole salad doesn’t turn red. I used red since that’s what we had – and going this route might be the right choice if your kid avoids green foods.)
- 2 stems from broccoli, peeled (save the florets for another dish).
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground white pepper
- ½ cup red onions, sliced thinly
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Wrap beets in aluminum foil and roast for 1-1.5 hours. They are done when they are easily pierced with a fork or knife but should still be firm. You can do this step way ahead of time. I often throw beets in the oven when I have it on for other purposes and then just keep the roasted beets in the fridge for a day or two until I’m read to use them.
- When beets are cool, shred them through the large grater side of a box grater. Do the same with the broccoli stems.
- Slice the onions.
- Stir together the oil, vinegar, and sugar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Toss together the dressing and the veggies. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. It is even better the next day.
I wish that I had a photo of this salad, because it is beautiful. A word of warning: that vibrant red color that makes the salad so beautiful will turn a person’s pee and poop the same color, so don’t freak out if your kid’s diaper looks alarming! Surprisingly, I have not had a problem with beet stains on our diapers – it seems to wash out with our normal routine.
Thanks for joining me in sharing some of our favorite kid-friendly veggie recipes this week! Please feel free to share any others that you come across, and I’ll do the same. Happy weekend!