Beet, Pear, and Almond Salad

Ali Segersten Mar 12, 2010 14 comments

Beets, beets, I know, either you love them or have awful memories of eating canned or pickled beets as a child. Luckily I didn't have any memories of eating beets as a child, so when I first tried them I fell in love. I began making fresh beet juice in my juicer, using them in cultured vegetables, roasting them with salt, pepper and olive oil, or using raw grated beets in salads.

Beets are an excellent cleansing food, being particularly useful during the Elimination Diet. The beautiful purple hue indicates that they are full of powerful antioxidants. Research indicates that beets may increase liver enzyme detoxification function, decrease the risk for colon cancer, and help to effectively lower cholesterol.

There are many ways to prepare beets. If you own a pressure cooker you can cook the whole beet, peel and all, for about 25 minutes, then cool (the peel slips right off) and cut into cubes for this salad. This is probably the easiest way and the best way to preserve nutrients. Steaming is another option but you will need to trim the ends off of the beet first, then peel, then cut into cubes for steaming. This is the next best option of you do not own a pressure cooker. Cooking whole beets in the oven is another easy way to prepare them! You can also roast beets in the oven after partially steaming. Mmm, this is delicious! Sometimes I thinly slice raw beets and roast them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Fantastic recipe! This blog and your book have completely revolutionized my family's health and eating and I have rediscovered my love of cooking!

Hi Ali and Tom,

I love beets but I'm a little concerned about adding them back into my diet, due to gmo cross - contamination issues. One of my local, organic farmers told me they couldn't guarantee 100% that they're beets were gmo free because of cross - pollination so I haven't touched them since. Do you have any thoughts on the matter and could you possibly offer up any substitution ideas?



Half of 3/4 cup is 6 tablespoons. :)

Beets are great! I notice that you mention Worlds Healthiest Foods as a resource. It is definitely mine for cooking vegetables.
George says to quarter beets, steam 15 minutes and peel when they have cooled enough to handle. This has worked out well, though one time I had beets that would not cook that quick, they took forever!
I can't wait to try the mint dressing. It sounds really good-but what is half of 3/4 cup?

This salad looks really yummy! I am a huge beet fan, and I was raised on canned beets! I actually am learning, reluctantly to prepare them from scratch.

What is your opinion (or what are the facts) about microwave ovens? We haven't used one in our house (don't even own one) for over 3 years. I'm wondering if it's helping at all, or if microwaves don't even matter?

I love beets, but I have always boiled them whole with skins. The skins come off after cooling. I'm wondering if this way of preparing looses nutrients?

I'm glad you're having fun on your vacation!

Well, I'm not sold on beets yet, but I'm still learning to eat new foods, so there's hope yet! The salad is so gorgeous.

I'm so happy you are having such a wonderful vacation in Kauai. :-) I've only been to Maui, but I think all of Hawaii is fantastic!


I love beets too! This salad looks great!

We've made the Balsamic beet recipe from your cookbook and it is a must try for anyone on the fence with beets. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing all of these tasty recipes with us. Love your blog! Have a great trip!

Have a great vacation in Hawaii! My sister and her husband honeymooned on Kauai a few years ago and loved it. I've been to Maui once and hope to go back again's paradise!

Recipe looks delish, by the way. :)

Wow, this sounds perfect. I LOVE beets - I prefer roasting them but it takes FOREVER. I think I need to make this salad though. yum.

I am a beet-lover too! Enjoy your stay on Kauai! It is definitely my favorite island. We were just there in December and had a blast, can't wait to go back! :)))))

Can't wait to try your latest concoction. The mint dressing is absolutely fabulous over grilled salmon.

Looks wonderful. I'm on the "love 'em" side of the beet debate and lately can't seem to get enough of them. This looks like a great new way to enjoy them. Thanks for the recipe!

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