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Beet Salad with Walnuts and Garlic

Beets are staple in traditional Russian and Ukrainian cuisine.  We use them in a Borshts and salads like Russian Herring salad  or a Vinigrate salad.

This beet salad is creamy and crunchy at the same time.  It works great as a side dish, as a spread or a salad.

4 medium beets 
2 Tbsp. walnuts, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

Wrap washed beets with foil and bake at 350F for about 50 minutes or until soft. When they are done let them cool. Peel the skin and run them through the grater. (You can also boil beets in water; for that, just place beets in a small saucepan cover with water and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 35-40 minutes or until they are tender; when beets are cooked take them out from water and set aside to cool. Peel the skin and run though the grater). Roasted or boiled- I prefer roasted but either way will do it.

In a separate bowl make the sauce: combine mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper. Combine beets with the sauce. Add finely chopped walnuts and mix again. Season with salt and pepper. This salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Serve as a salad with cold cuts, roasted meat or as a spread on good rye bread.

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  • nadia 09/11/2012, 8:53 PM

    oooooh one of my favorite salads. healthy and delicious!

    • Inessa 09/12/2012, 10:25 PM

      Thanks Nadia,
      I agree.. tons of vitamins and delicious 🙂

  • Lea's Cooking 09/12/2012, 9:23 AM

    Yummy!!! I love beets with garlic. I never tried it with walnuts. Defiantly I need to try this recipe:))) Thanks, Inessa for the recipe♥¸.•*´¯*♥

    • Inessa 09/12/2012, 10:25 PM

      Thank you Lea.
      Walnuts give little crunch and plus they are good for you 🙂

  • alana 09/12/2012, 5:46 PM

    Hey Inessa can u post another cake recipe? Your cakes are so good! i want something to make for thanksgiving:))))))

    • Inessa 09/12/2012, 10:23 PM

      Hi Alana, thank you 🙂
      Yes, more cake recipes are coming…

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com 09/14/2012, 12:34 AM

    You can’t go wrong with that list of ingredients. Thank you 🙂

    • Inessa 09/17/2012, 7:24 AM

      you are welcome Natasha 🙂
      You defiantly can’t go wrong with those ingredients.. Healthy and delish!!

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