When you’re craving something that’s healthy and light to satisfy your taste buds as well as filling you up, sometimes a simple salad just doesn’t cut it. Keeping things interesting in the kitchen is the key to sticking to a healthy diet and this Beetroot, Celeriac & Orange Salad will help you do just that. It will take you less than 40 minutes to create and will keep you full for much longer afterwards. To get going, first you need to make sure you have got the following ingredients:
2 french candy beetroots
1/2 a celeriac
1 big handful fresh parsley
1 big handful coriander
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 inch of ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. orange blossom water
A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
To begin, take your two beetroots and firstly peel and then cube them. For extra variety in your meal you can use one yellow beetroot and one red one. Repeat this peeling and cubing with the celeriac and then you can start cooking the beetroot in a very small amount of water. When necessary you should continue to add water in moderation to ensure that it does not dry out. Approximately 20 minutes after the beetroot has begun cooking, you can then add the peeled and cubed celeriac to the pan and continue heating in the water.
Allow the beetroot and the celeriac to cook together for another 15 minutes before you remove from the heat, drain and leave to cool in a separate container. If you do choose to use two different coloured beetroots then you may find that the colours blend together, but don’t worry – it will still have the same great taste!
Once the contents of your container have cooled, you can then add the generous handful of fresh parsley and the same amount of coriander. You can now take the juice and zest of the orange and whisk it together with the ginger, cumin, cinnamon, olive oil and apple cider vinegar as well as the orange blossom water. All of these ingredients combined together will create a delicious dressing which you can then drizzle over the vegetables.
This is an absolutely stunning salad, both in terms of appearance and flavour. It is also great for your body as all of the ingredients have health boosting properties. Beetroot is fantastic for increasing your stamina and helping your muscles work harder for longer. It is therefore something that you should seriously think about including in your diet frequently if you enjoy any kind of sport.
Beetroot is jam-packed full of potassium, iron, magnesium, folic acid and a selection of vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins. Also, as well as improving your energy, beetroot will help lower your cholesterol and stabilise your blood sugar levels. The best thing is, as it has so much goodness in such a little portion, you don’t have to try too hard to include an adequate amount in your diet.
Low in calories and high in fibre, celeriac is also a vegetable that your body will thank you for. Several studies have suggested that some compounds found in celeriac provide protection against certain forms of cancer. Additionally, if you have been looking for a simple way to increase your vitamin K intake, then this is the ingredient you’ve been searching for!
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