Ukrainian Beet Salad
6-7 medium beets (remove leaves, leaving about an inch of stem)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup onion, minced
8 dried prunes, finely chopped (now also called dried plums)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2-3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste (I used about 6 grinds)
Boil the beets until fork tender (approx 50 minutes depending on size). When done, let them cool in a colander.
While the beets are boiling and then cooling, prep the garlic, onion, prunes and walnuts and put everything in a large bowl.
When the beets are cool enough to handle, trim top and root and peel. Grate them into the rest of the ingredients in the bowl... I suppose you could use a food processor, but I like to use my box grater; it's an opportunity to slow down, chill and think about things.
Add sea salt and mayo. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.