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Want a salad that serves as a side dish or a light main course after that workout at the Y?

Our YMCA nutritionists recommend this multi-purpose beet salad. The Mayo Clinic gets the credit for the recipe that packs only 89 calories and plenty of taste per serving! This is a wonderful pairing with the maple-roasted salmon!


1 small bunch beets, or enough canned beets (no salt added) to make 3 cups, drained
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped apple
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water
8 cups fresh salad greens
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled


Steam raw beets in water in saucepan until tender. Slip off skins. Rinse to cool. Slice in 1/2-inch rounds. In a medium bowl, toss with red wine vinegar. Add apples and celery. Toss together. In a large bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil and water. Add salad greens and toss. Put greens onto individual salad plates. Top with sliced beet mixture. Sprinkle with pepper, walnuts and cheese. Serve immediately.