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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ukrainian Beet Salad

Ukrainian Beet Salad

I love beets, so a few months ago, when I saw a something called "buryachok" in the salad bar at a natural food co-op I shop at, I thought I'd give it a try. The store listed the ingredients which were beets, onions, garlic, mayo, sea salt, prunes and walnuts.  It tasted wonderful.  When I came home, I searched online for a recipe and have made it several times since using a compilation of various recipes.  This is how I make it:

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.


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