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Raw Beet Salad

A healthy and delicious raw beet salad is a recipe for a more productive day and a longer life. For a Kennedy-quality legacy, you’re on your own.

Having just spent the past half hour reading about the passing of Edward Kennedy and the deep and sprawling Kennedy family legacy, the question of whether I liked beets as a kid does not register as particularly profound. I didn’t. But now I do. Even raw beets. So does my four-year-old, now that she’s tasted this beet salad. But that’s all I plan to say about that.

I have a feeling you’ll like it, too—especially if your summer, like mine, has been at least as much Kennedian excess as it has been civil rights activism. At least as much. This sweet and savory salad, which comes together in a flash but tastes of depth and complexity, offers all the health benefits of unadulterated beets plus a surprisingly long-burning source of energy. You know, in case you decide to work a little harder on your legacy come Autumn.

Update: I’ve just entered this recipe into Mel and Leela’s Beet ‘n Squash You competition, which debuts this month. The contest highlights the beauty of seasonal veggies but doesn’t sacrifice the snark. So, of course, it’s right up my alley. Wish me luck!


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.