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Summer Beet and Cucumber Salad

I saw an article this morning that said Facebook games are experiencing a big decline right now. I’d like to think that’s because we are a nation of such productive gardeners and farmers that we can’t bear the winter months without having something to hoe, and now that the real gardening season is underway, we much prefer to get out and work in the real dirt, tending to real ghost peppers and pattypan squash, sweeping our virtual FarmVille selves under the rug until the next frost. 

I’d also like to think that someday I’ll fit into those shiny silver pants I used to wear when I danced to Front 242 at the Vault so many years ago.

I fear that neither of these things are true.

Speaking of real vegetables, did I mention that I love BEETS?

I really, really love beets. I love them plain with butter and salt, I love them pickled, I bet I’d probably love them grilled, and I especially love them when they’re grown in my yard!

Remember these guys? Thanks to all for your great beet suggestions! The general consensus seems to be that beets are best when served in some kind of salad, and since I had to find a way to use both my handy dandy new food processor and this fresh dill…

(could this be THE fresh dille?)

I whipped together a lovely pink Summer Beet and Cucumber Salad!

I boiled the beets until fork-tender with an inch of stalk left on so as not to let all the nutrients escape…

Then, immersed them immediately in cold water so the skins peeled right off. Ees pretty, no?

Next step: I thinly sliced half a red onion and put it in cold water to soak while preparing the dressing.

For the dressing, I whisked together the following:

8 Tbsp olive oil

6 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

big handful freshly chopped dill

2 Tbsp agave nectar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 generous squirt lime juice

I then sliced one large cucumber (with a 2-second whirr! Beautiful!), quartered the tiny beets, and tossed them together in a large bowl with the dressing and the onion, drained.

Pretty in pink!

Lest you should think that I eat healthy all the time ( 😉 ), I’d like to mention that we had a charity luncheon at my office, which featured this delectable little dessert:

In fact, it was so nice, I ate it twice! Someone who heard me say how much I enjoyed it brought me another one at my desk. On any other day, I would never consider accepting it, but today I’m subscribing to the Tao of Granny… 

Yup…you got it. I ate ’em both, and I loved it.

So there. 😆




  1. That salad sounds great! You should try roasting beets sometime too – I love them that way.

    • Oh, I do love them roasted! That might be my favorite way. I just try not to do it in the summer…my tiny house gets SO hot if I use the oven on a hot day.

      I guess eating seasonally applies to my preparation methods, too!

  2. I love the idea of a combination of beets, cucumber, and dill. It’d be like beet salad with tzatziki on top (I think it’s a Greek yogurt dressing that always has dill in it).

    And grilled beets would be delicious too.

  3. i never ever did try farmville. im kind of glad i didnt cuz im sure it could easily be something id get addicted to… and i dont need anymore excuses to stare into a screen all day hehe 😛

    omg how amazing is that quote!! ive gotta write it down….

    k done!

    “everything in moderation including moderation!” LOVE IT <3

  4. I haven’t done any of those fbook apps…but I can’t lie…I love twitter.

    I love love love beets so that sounds like my ideal kinda meal/snack! Thanks for the shout out lady!

    My middle name is Dille (sounds like dilly) but love that it is so close to a herb…closer to the earth…who knows…

  5. Ok, I know this is a dumb question, but when you say that you like beets plain, with butter and salt, do you mean raw? If so, I had no idea you could eat beets raw.

    • Well, what I meant was not pickled or dressed in any way…but I believe you can eat them raw. I think I’ve seen recipes that call for shredding them raw into a salad, but I’ve never eaten them that way. Now I’m curious…hmmm…

  6. This sounds awesome! I’m going to have to try this one, Keep up the good work.

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