Chilled Beet Salad with Urban Roots’ Ranch Dressing

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: blog, cook something, vegetables and pasta
Beets, photo courtesy B.D.'s World

Beets, photo courtesy B.D.’s World

Urban Roots, a youth organization that uses farming to teach leadership and community, has been known to have it’s young interns grow beets.

Very few people are on the fence when it comes to beets: they either love them or hate them. People who hate them often claim the root tastes like dirt, whereas those who love them say they have a sweet, earthy quality.

I am in the “love them” camp, and cannot get enough, In fact, beets are said to be rich in antioxidants, and may have anti-inflammatory properties. To me, that’s just a bonus. Bring on the beets!


  • 3 cups boiled and peeled beets, medium dice
  • 2 cups beet greens,  finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white parts of spring onions, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2  cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar of your choice (white, apple cidar, or other flavor)
  • 1 box silken tofu
  • 1 cup fresh, seasonal herbs (cilantro, dill, etc.)
  • salt to taste


  1. To make dressing: combine onions, oil, vinegar, tofu, herbs, and salt in blender and process until creamy.
  2. Toss beets and beet greens with dressing and allow to chill for at least 1/2 hour before serving.
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