Baby Beets with Orange Blossom Water, Feta, and Mint

Baby Beets with Orange Blossom Water, Feta, and Mint
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Baby Beets with Orange Blossom Water, Feta, and Mint

Will Budiaman

Baby Beets with Orange Blossom Water, Feta, and Mint

Don't like beets? I wasn't really a fan of them either until recently. Give these a shot — they might just change your mind. Colorful baby beets get all dressed up with orange blossom water, which gives them a pleasant floral aroma and flavor. Salty, slightly tangy Bulgarian feta contrasts with the sweetness of the beets, and the mint rounds out the flavors.

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Notes

*Note: Orange blossom water comes in clear glass bottles and can be found in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean grocery stores, usually next to rose water and pomegranate molasses.

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • mixed baby red and golden beets
  • 1  Tablespoon  orange blossom water*
  • 1/4  Pound  feta, preferably Bulgarian
  • 2  Tablespoons  chopped mint, for garnish

Directions

Bring a medium-sized pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the beets, return to a boil, and cook, uncovered, until the beets are easily pierced with a fork, about 35 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and cover in ice water.

When cool, the skins should slip right off the beets. Dice the beets and toss with the orange blossom water. Crumble the feta over the top and garnish with the mint. Toss again just before serving. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
32mg
11%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
35µg
5%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
145mg
15%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Magnesium, Mg
8mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
113mg
16%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
266mg
18%
Water
24g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Beet Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age and damage.

Beet Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook different types separately and then combine.