Beet Winter Blues Away With Salad

SaladFor those of us lucky enough to live in the “snow belt” winter can seem like a never ending season. Although soups and casseroles are easy comfort foods, nothing helps to beat the winter blues like a nice, crunchy salad. Celebrate the end of winter by combining these winter and spring fruits and vegetables.


  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1-2 beets
  • Chopped walnuts (garnish)


  • 1/3 cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 Tbsp flax oil
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp guar gum
  1. In a small bowl, combine grapefruit juice, flax oil, and brown sugar. Stir until well mixed. Add guar gum. Stir and allow to thicken 5 minutes. Makes approximately ½ cup dressing.
  2. Peel and thinly slice beets. If you want an extra bite, place the sliced beets in a bowl of vinegar water.
  3. Thinly slice apples.
  4. Place 1 cup of mixed greens on each plate. Top with beet slices, apple slices, grapefruit dressing and garnish with walnuts

Serves 4

Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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