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We've Got the Beat, Go-Go's
Growing up, I thought beets only came from a can and were only ever offered at the salad bars of the 1980’s and 90’s. My mother would gather up her iceberg salad with thousand island dressing, canned beets on the side. As she ate, the salad would gradually turn a more ghastly shade of purple. To me as a kid, it was the most unappealing thing, bordering on traumatizing, and I decided to hate beets forever.
Beet Salad with Tahini Dressing
- 2 beets, roasted and cooled, peeled and sliced into bite-size wedges
- 1/2 cup dry lentils
- 2 cups baby greens
- 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- For the tahini dressing:
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt to taste
Fill a medium saucepan with water and salt the water generously. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils and stir so they don’t stick to the bottom. Turn the heat down to medium and cook the lentils about 20 minutes, until tender. Drain the lentils and rinse them in cold water to cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the dressing: add the oil, vinegar, tahini, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth and combined.
To assemble the salad: place the greens on a serving plate. Top with lentils and beets. Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese over everything. Drizzle with tahini dressing.