Korean Beet Salad

This is probably the shortest post I’ve written so far. It’s like those before and after pictures – good for a contrast between the two of them, and there is nothing more to say.

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Here are Harry, Ron, and Hermione before, ready for all kinds of exciting adventures.

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Many adventures, harrowing escapes, and life lessons later, they are still our favorite lovable magic heroes, but matured and much improved.

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So here is the “before.” I simply used the basic recipe for Korean carrot salad (found here) and did the same with beets. There were two Korean villages near Odessa, and the farmers used to bring to the market outrageous size carrots, onions, and garlic. I remember that we actually called them “Korean onions” etc. as if it were a name brand. Because of that, Korean carrot salad was quite common in our house. I hear that now Korean cuisine, characterized by grated carrots and lots of garlic and hot pepper, is gaining popularity in the former Soviet Union. As to my salad, what you see is what you get! Grate the beets and ginger, squeeze lots of garlic into it, dress it with apple cider vinegar and just a little splash of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and put in in the fridge for a couple of hours.

While your salad is maturing and improving in the fridge, you can listen to this beautiful Korean song. Without understanding a word, you can feel the love and the longing!

Meanwhile, as a curious cat, I looked up Korean salads on the internet. Lo and behold, there it was, Korean beet salad, and plenty of different variations of it. Most of them use cooked or canned beets, and most of them also add sugar. Well, I already made it with raw beets, and I didn’t want to add sweetener until I tasted it in its final version.

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And it was good, and sweet, and delicious without a sweetener, but if you like it sweet, go for it – who am I to say no? And if you want to make it real Korean by adding tons of hot pepper of any kind – do it, by all means!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 – 3 medium size young beets, grated
  • 1 square inch of ginger, grated
  • 2 – 3 large cloves of garlic, squeezed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Optional: sugar or xylitol
  • Optional: hot pepper

PROCEDURE

  • Scrub beets well. Peel ginger. Grate together.
  • Add squeezed garlic, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Optional: add sweetener and/or hot pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly, cover, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Mix again before serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

47 Comments Add yours

  1. payel says:

    Very nice salad recipe!

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it!

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  2. lilyandardbeg says:

    It looks very nice indeed 🙂 Beets are great 🙂 I make various salads that are quite similar, so I’m going to call them ‘Korean’ now 🙂 I don’t use garlic but celeriac or asafoetida make up for it (or so I think, I’ve never eaten garlic). Ginger, on the other hand, is plentiful in most of my salads 🙂

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it. The advantage to eating lots of garlic is that Dracula never comes near this house. And I’ve never used asafoetida, so I guess this is a good time to try.

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      1. lilyandardbeg says:

        It stinks as well (like rotten onions), but not when it’s in the dish itself 🙂 I wouldn’t smell it before putting it into the dish, though. And it’s better when cooked-but my Indian friends convinced me to add a bit to salads and it does work for me (I wouldn’t sprinkle it generously, though).

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      2. I don’t have a sense of smell so it makes no difference to me, but my husband does, and I am not sure how it would affect him.

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      3. lilyandardbeg says:

        Ah, I forgot about it! I can’t imagine taste without smell (will experiment later-as I do).

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      4. Taste without smell is more refined, just as hearing without vision. I haven’t lost – I gained!

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      5. lilyandardbeg says:

        Good point. I guess my taste would improve if I didn’t sniff at everything all the time. I have a good sense of smell and I rely on it a lot. When I can’t smell I lose weight (and I’m rather insignificant in posture at the best of times) so I dread the cold/flu season…

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      6. Why doesn’t it work for me – losing weight, that is!

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  3. Sumith Babu says:

    Any thing with beet, love it. Thanks for this share Dolly:)

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    1. Thank you, Sumith! Are you also calling it Korean?

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  4. [ Smiles ] Now, that is one very delicious salad and I love beets too!

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    1. Thank you, and since I can’t e-mail it to you, you’ll have to make it yourself!

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      1. [ Laughs ] Fair enough!

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  6. Julie Zimmer says:

    Love the simplicity in this salad! Must try!

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    1. Thank you, I am glad you like it – enjoy!

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  7. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    I just made this salad today and thought it worth repeating for those of you, Beautiful People, who have not seen it the first time around. Enjoy!

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  8. Some of my favourite ingredients. I’ll almost always pass on a sweetener.

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    1. The original recipe includes sugar as a fermenting agent, but I had to substitute a sweetener because of my husband’s diet. It doesn’t induce fermentation, but we are used to the taste. Thank you for stopping by, Derrick.

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  9. joliesattic says:

    Yum! I’m so into Korean. There’s an innocence in their film and music that we no longer possess, although some of the newer K-pop is starting to show signs of adopting American audacity in style and lyrics. We are such polluters.

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    1. So true, dear Jolie! The world is getting Americanized by the minute, and, unfortunately, not in the best ways.

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      1. joliesattic says:

        Agreed. Thank you for great recipes.

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      2. My pleasure, and I thank you for reading them.

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  10. Thank you for remembering me on this recipe, Dolly! Since some months i am “on the raw veggie line”. Lol But its good to be remembered beside carrots there are also other good tasting veggies. Michael

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    1. I didn’t know you were a raw foodie, Michael. Let’s see what else I can do to make your menu more exciting.

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      1. Thank you in advance, Dolly! I am a raw foodie only since one year. I wanted to loose weight, so after 6.00 p.m. i tried to eat nothing. This was not very effective, because at midnight i was closer to the fridge. So i tried to find something with low calories, and found carrots. :-))

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      2. But you can’t exist on carrots alone, Michael! You need proteins, even if they are plant proteins, you need vitamins and other nutrients, and you need fiber. My husband has lost 70 lbs so far (that’s about 35 kg), without being vegan or raw foodie.

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      3. Thank you for the advice, Dolly! Its not only carrots, its beef too. But only chicken, no more red meat. And a lot of yoghurt and oats. 😉

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      4. I don’t know where you got the diet with a lot of yogurt and oats, but I can’t see how it will help to lose weight. One cup of yogurt a day and no more than 1/3 cup of oats is fine, but not more than that. Chicken breast, not any other parts, and only once or twice a week. Fish at least twice a week (could be more) and no salmon, tuna steaks, or sea bass. Absolutely no bread or baked goods of any kind, even crackers. There is more to it; I have a whole list of instructions, given by my husband’s dietician. It has been proven to work.

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      5. I had invented by myself.Lol Over the last year i lost around 25 kilograms, and pushing the dumbbells had brought back the former shape too. 😉

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      6. That’s great to hear, Michael! Keep going, especially with weight lifts!

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      7. Good advice. Let me look for fish too. Our former cat only had enjoyd smoked salmon. 😉 He was the expensivst cat we ever had. Lol

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      8. Smoked salmon for a cat? Fancy! Our cats eat dry cat food and canned cat food. No human food.

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      9. Once a time we gave him a very small piece of smoked salmon, and after that his behaviour changed getting this as often as possible. He denied human food by himself. We called him like a nobile person, with a “von Bühlermühle”. Maybe this forced his power.

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      10. Aw, how cute!
        This virtual environment allows me to be in and out of the meeting at the same time. I don’t really like meetings unless they accomplish something productive.

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  11. francisashis says:

    Saved it in my Pinterest account.Thanks for sharing.🌹👍🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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