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Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens

Here we have a lovely mix of chewy tender barley grains tossed with sweet golden beets and their greens, with crunchy slightly bitter toasted walnuts and salty feta cheese, all dressed in a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. This barley salad with golden beets is so good it will sell beets to professed beet haters. Be sure to use golden beets so they don’t suspect! 

Golden beets for CSA members. Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens and ow to sell beets to a beet hater!


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Three tips for selling beets to beet haters:

  • First–start with golden beets. They are sweeter than the red ones and beet’s earthy flavor is less apparent.
  • Second–roast those beautiful golden beets. Roasting beets, in the oven or on a grill, concentrates their sweet flavor component, much more so than when beets are boiled.
  • Third–catch the beet-hater off guard.  Hide them in a grain salad with spicy vinaigrette, like this barley salad with golden beets.

When you find beets with the healthy greens intact, cook and enjoy those greens–it’s like getting 2 vegetables for the price of one. In this recipe we sauté the greens in coconut oil with mustard and cumin seeds and chopped onion, then toss the seasoned wilted greens in with the barley and roasted beets, walnuts and feta cheese!

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5 comments

  • Great tip Letty. I was a beet hater for years and found that if I grated them and added cheese and spices and then cooked them as patties, it went very well. Reply · 23 August, 2012

  • […] Red Velvet. That’s what they look like. With tender cake-like texture but not the bleeding brightness that ¼ cup of red food color brings to a 9-inch round cake. Finish with a swirl of chocolate honey glaze and you’ve got a winner, another way to surprise beet haters. […] Reply · 20 December, 2013

  • Kathy

    Where do I find real whole golden beets for your recipe? All I find to order are golden beet seeds. I wish I could find the vegetable in Kansas City, MO or on-line. Thank You! Reply · 10 January, 2020

    • Hi Kathy, I have bought them in the organic produce section of my local Kroger store. So many stores cut off the greens thinking no one wants them. Though the greens do spoil quickly. As you figured out, golden beets with leafy greens are not readily unavailable this time of year. Look for them in summer at Farmer’s Market and I got the ones for the recipe in August!
      In winter, you can usually find gold beets without the greens. When you can’t get beet greens, sub in rainbow chard for the golden beet greens.
      Letty Reply · 11 January, 2020

    • Kathy, Frieda’s Produce may have them. You could ask your grocer.
      https://www.friedas.com/products/gold-beets/ Reply · 11 January, 2020

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