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Beets in Mustard Vinaigrette

The sharp taste of beets is masked in this recipe by the simple mustardy vinaigrette. Be sure to allow the beets to marinate for a full day in order for the flavors to marry.

Food as Medicine

Beets get their rich color from betacyanin, a compound that also appears to help lower cancer risk. Several studies have indicated that consuming beets is particularly effective against colon cancer.


1 pound red beets
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons prepared mustard, preferably whole grain or Dijon
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar


1. Cut the tops off the beets, leaving 1 inch of stems attached. Place the beets in a pot of cold water to cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and boil until the beets can easily be pierced through with a sharp knife, 45-60 minutes depending on their size.

2. Meanwhile, put the mustard in a bowl and whisk in the vinegar. Then whisk in the olive oil in a steady stream until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Add the onions.

3. When the beets are done, drain them, and submerge them in several changes of cold water until they are just cool enough to handle. Cut off the roots and tops, slip the skins off, and slice the warm beets into the mustard sauce. Mix well, cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Before serving, mix well and add salt if desired.

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Serves 4

Nutrients Per Serving:
Calories 176
Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 2g
(72% of calories from fat)
Protein 2g
Carbohydrate 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
Fiber 3g

This recipe is from The Healthy Kitchen – Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit (Hardcover) by Andrew Weil, M.D and Rosie Daley (Knopf)


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