Beet and Cucumber Salad

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by Amy Flanigan on August 12, 2009 · 19 comments

Four people – not one, but four (!) – asked me this week for suggestions on what to do with their garden cucumbers. It’s an item that I would love to grow, but I don’t have enough space. They always get bumped for bell peppers. Anyway, this is a favorite salad of mine and a perfect use for those cucumbers. Although if you have an abundance of them, you might need to make it several times.

Now, for all you beet haters…before you grimace and say something aloud like “blech,” hear me out.

I, too, was once a beet hater. Actually, I think I just hated beets because they were never mentioned in a positive manner. I can’t even recall having tried one until years after college. And by then, I was so brainwashed into thinking beets were a death sentence, I wouldn’t even consider eating one…until one fine day at my girlfriend’s house.

She was having a party for, none other than me, and made this salad. Well, gosh darn heck, it looked so beautiful. And since the party was in my honor, I couldn’t very well disrespect my lovely hostess who had gone to so much trouble, right? I took a teensy-tiny bit on my plate, careful to keep it away from the other foods, so they wouldn’t be tainted.

While nobody was looking, I took a bite, fully prepared to spit it out.

But I didn’t spit it out. Instead, I went back for more. This salad is wonderful. Wonderful, I tell ya! And with the exception of Paul, everyone I have served it to has been pleasantly surprised, as well.

Try it. I dare you.

Beet and Cucumber Salad
Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 jar marinated sliced beets
• 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
• 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Mix the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.

On individual serving plates, place the beets and cucumber in a spiral pattern, alternating between the two. Drizzle the mustard mixture over the top, and sprinkle the gorgonzola cheese on top of that.

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Jacqui March 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I think this salad is great!

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Heather August 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

I am growing both (golden and choggia) beets and cukes, because I love them both so much. I tend to use my cukes for sunomono – the fastest salad in the west. Err…east.

Thanks for the visit and niceness at my blog!

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daphne August 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I am soo not a beets fan! But I dont mind a few here and there.. Looks like a real good summery salad.

Amy- I have an award for u on my blog. come and claim it. =)

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darnold23 August 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

Thanks for sharing. We’re sharing peanut butter ideas and Elvis stories at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. I hope you will come join us. Or, join us for Crock Pot Wednesdays. Mister Linky will be ready for that on Tuesday.

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food-4tots August 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

A healthy and delicious salad! I still can’t find balsamic vinegar at my place. But the recipe is definitely a keeper for me. Tks for sharing!

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DebinHawaii August 14, 2009 at 3:14 am

I am a big fan of cucumber and am (slowly) learning to appreciate (not quite loving them yet!) beets. This looks like a lovely salad and it looks so pretty on the plate!

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liz August 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Beautiful photo. Even if I weren’t a recently-converted beet lover, which I am, your styling would make me want to try this salad.

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Jennifer August 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Ok, I have to say…I am NOT a beet lover. I have tried them every which way, even freshly roasted beets – blech.

BUT, BUT, BUT…this salad is SO yummy! I even ask Amy to make it when we visit!

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Jay August 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Cucumber (yummy)…Gorgonzola Cheese (very yummy)…Balsamic and Dijon Mustard (Yummy)… Beets (sptffft…not so much). You had me right up to the beets. Not a big fan of the red fleshy poison.

Got your back on this one Paul.

How about if I substitute tomatoes instead?

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Melissa August 13, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Don’t know if I like beets. Never had em. My friend Sarah (A Taste of Home Cooking, the girl that got me started blogging) raves about them and I am definitely curious. I just keep forgetting!

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Natashya August 13, 2009 at 11:52 am

I love beets, but I had to rediscover them as an adult too.
What a gorgeous presentation!

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Lora August 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

Okay, I am one of your doubters. But I trust you, so I may give it a chance. Looking to get more veggies in my diet anyway.

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Mike August 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

I actually like beets, but not cucumbers. I guess I’ll eat them (cucumbers) if they’re presented to me, but I don’t seek them out. Beets on the other hand are great. I hated veggies as a kid but would always eat beets. Weird, I know.

I also love this photo. Nice background!

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Helen August 13, 2009 at 8:00 am

Love beets. Love cucumber. Love a good mustard vinaigrette. Will definitely try this.

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Joanne August 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

I had a traumatic experience with beets when I was younger that has caused me to avoid them for most of my adult life. But when I see them, I always think that they could be good. Perhaps I will give them a try someday…

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nina August 13, 2009 at 5:41 am

Oh no, we are beet lovers and this is just perfect!!!!Thx for sharing!!

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Sharon August 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Hubby HATES cucumber, let alone beets. But I love both and will make a smaller portion for myself.

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The Food Hunter August 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I love beets and cucumbers. This looks delicious

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Paul August 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

What you talking about? I love cucumbers.

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