Ensalada de Betabel* y Yerba Buena: A Summer version of Mexican Beet Salad

So are you still surprised to find a recipe for beets on a Mexican blog?

So are you surprised to find a recipe for beets on a Mexican blog?

Mexican food is more than fish tacos and bean and cheese burritos. Don’t get me wrong, the fried and spicy Cal-Mex and Tex-Mex versions of traditional dishes are tasty, but they don’t fully and fairly represent the Mexican menu.

Traditional Mexican beet salads usually compliment the subtle sweetness of beets with savory queso fresco, onions, garlic and maybe an avocado…but I’ll save that recipe for another time. Today, I thought it’d be nice to make a tart and refreshing salad for a picnic in Central Park.

So here is a summer beet and mango salad recipe. Did I say beet? Yup, you heard right, I’m like a viejita (little old lady) at a salad bar: I love beets!

Ingredients: 2 large beets, 3 limes, 1 almost ripe mango, fresh mint or spearmint tea, sugar.

Wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind dyeing hot pink.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Wash and dry the beets. Wrap each beet in foil and place on a cookie sheet in the oven. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Remove from oven and cool.

Peel off the skin and cut into 1 centimeter cubes. Then, peel and slice 1 almost ripe mango into 1 centimeter cubes. Toss beets and mango in bowl with 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint or 1 dry spearmint, the juice of three freshly squeezed limes and 1 Tablespoon sugar. Marinate for 1 hour in the fridge. Enjoy.

*Betabel= Mexican for beet, AKA Remolacha en español, or “las cosas rojas” if you ask one of our friends.

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13 Responses to “Ensalada de Betabel* y Yerba Buena: A Summer version of Mexican Beet Salad”
  1. Denni says:

    I am in Mexico and had the beets, a friend brought mangos from his tree and mint in my garden – que rico!! This is a keeper!

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      I’m so glad you’re making it. I’m very surprised that this salad has had such a warm embrace from so many! And here I was thinking that I was an odd ball for loving beets…

  2. Mama says:

    Grandma Ida would have loved this beet recipe! I will make it in her honor! :) I see your brother already made them. . . . Remember the cabbage soup the two of you made for dinner when you were 10 and 8 years old? Watching Dad’s hesitation at the thought of eating purple soup was worth the light dinner we had that evening. Any great soup recipes planned for the fall?
    Well. . . keep cooking. . . always with joy!

  3. margot says:

    gaby! this is marinating in the fridge right now.
    i love love love beets – and find the act of slicing roasted beets so satisfying.

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      yea! I hope you enjoy it. Do you think they’re so satisfying to slice because of the beeeeautifle magenta run-off?

  4. Michael says:

    Gabrielle, this recipe was great! Where is this salad from?

  5. Michael says:

    The beets are boiling as we speak…

  6. Voy al tianguis el miércoles a comprar betabeles, ya tengo los mangos en casa, la hierbabuena en su maceta, los limones en el refri! La receta suena riquísima.

    Cristina

    http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      ¡Gracias Cristina! Espero que disfrute de la ensalada. Me encanta mucho su “blog.” xogabriela

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