This Beetroot Salad recipe is part of a series of recipes from the Cretan Diet on the Greek Island of Crete. As with all the ingredients that make up recipes from the Cretan Diet, the Beetroot Salad recipe is very simple, tasty and nutritious.
All the ingredients for Cretan Diet recipes are locally sourced, entirely natural without artificial additives or preservatives. The traditional simple ways of combining ingredients, cooking and serving are the key to tasty food packed with goodness, flavour and taste.
This simple recipe is stunning in taste and appearance! Raw garlic gives it a bite which complements the sweet beetroot flavour perfectly.
1 kilo of beetroots
3/4 garlic cloves, crushed
300 grams of Greek yoghurt
50 grams of walnuts
8 tbsp olive oil
salt, 3 tbsp vinegar
Trim the beetroots if you need to, leaving about an inch of stalks so you can handle them without getting red fingers! Boil whole for about 20 to 30 minutes depending on size. When cooked, let cool and then peel. It's best to put your hands in some food bags or wear plastic gloves when you do this!
When peeled, dice them and place in a bowl.
In another bowl, place all the other ingredients and mix well. Pour over the beetroots and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover and let the salad rest in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.
We are going to help you eat like they do in Crete. This will open up for you a whole new world of tasty, healthy eating and Cretan cooking that will improve your well-being and even prolong your life. (Be sure to drive carefully and stop smoking to reap the benefits of a longer lifespan!)
These are the basic rules for the Cretan Diet:
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