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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Turkish Beet Salad

If you didn't like beets.........you might want to try this recipe. It might change your taste buds to actually like beets. I grew up on beets being from a Ukrainian background my Baba made the famous Beet Borscht soup. Also a popular salad from beets called 'Vinaigrette' [Vinigret] a Ukrainian Beets Salad which is very popular there. I still yet have to visit the Ukraine at least once. Today I'm focusing on a Turkish recipe......I fell in love with this Beet salad when my sister/in/law made it. This dish is made very often as a side during the winter months in Turkey, but I like it during the summer also as it is refreshing and cool with that tangy taste. I might add it is very healthy and easy to make.
Beet Salad

4 to 5 beets

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. mayonaise

1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. vinegar or fresh lemon juice 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried mint

salt to taste
Scrub and wash beets to remove any dirt and roots. Put into a saucepan and simmer about 1 hour till done. Poke them to make sure they are fork tender. Cool beets....then peel. Using a hand grater or food processor grate them. When I use a hand grater I wear plastic disposable gloves so my hands won't be red...... the processor is faster and cleaner. Place the beets into a bowl and add yogurt, garlic, Olive Oil, vinegar or lemon juice, mayonaise, dried mint and salt to taste.........Mix well to marry all the ingredients. Keep in fridge for 1 hour at least so the flavours can mingle together for a better taste. Serve cold as a side dish to any meats. Today I'm linking to; "FOODIE FRIDAY" "FOOD ON FRIDAYS" "FRIDAY POTLUCK" Thanks for stopping for a visit.


  1. hello did you know that yogurt is of Turkish origin ,too.there is also a food named cac─▒k made with cucumber garlik and dried mint

  2. Hi Melda.....yes I know yogurt is of Turkish origin. My husband is Turkish and yes I make 'cacik' quite often for him, especially in the summer. thank you for stopping by. :-)

  3. Hi , Erica! i make almost same "russian beet salad" :) boiled beet+mayonaise+garlic+ little bit chopped walnuts :)))

  4. I am sure I would love this salad.

  5. I've turned into a bit fan of beets, and a beet salad sounds just perfect for these warmer days!

  6. Hi Erica! Been missing you at the dinner table! I went to my Ukranian friend's home for lunch two weeks ago and she made a similar beet salad......very yummy. She also made a radish/scallion salad with farmer's cheese and sour cream that was quite tasty! I love Ukie food!

    PS - My friend had some hand-painted gorgeous Ukranian eggs. Just so beautiful!