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Shredded Beets with Crumbled Feta and Creamy Citrus Dressing








Want to add some color and flavor (not to mention nutrients) to your meals? This delicious recipe comes from the book, Flavor First, by former Biggest Loser dietitian, Cheryl Forberg. It’s sure to be a winner to whomever you serve it!

It takes only minutes to grate peeled, raw beets in the food processor. If you prefer, you can also use diced cooked beets, though the texture of raw beets gives this salad more volume and a bit of crunch.

Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings


4 cups grated raw beets (about 1 1/4 pounds)

1/4 cup Citrus Vinaigrette*

2 tablespoons crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


1. Toss the beets with the dressing.

2. Top with the feta and chives.

3. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories: 80; Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 20 mg; Sodium: 300 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 12 g (Sugars: 9 g); Fiber: 2 g; Protein: 2 g.

*Citrus Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette tastes indulgent. Thanks to a dollop of Greek yogurt, it has a creamy, luscious texture. It is a delicious dressing for salads like the Shredded Beets with Crumbled Feta or drizzled on grilled fish or chicken. Try substituting other combinations of citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, or blood oranges to create unique flavors.

Makes 1 cup (16 Tablespoons)


1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 cup canola or light olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper to taste


1. Combine the yogurt, lime zest and juice, cilantro, agave nectar or honey, vinegar, and garlic in a food processor and puree until smooth.

2. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in the oil until incorporated.

3. Season with salt and pepper. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (1 Tablespoon):

Calories: 40; Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 g; Sodium: 0 g; Total Carbohydrate: 2 g (sugar: 1 g); Fiber: 0 g; Protein: 1 g.

Source: Flavor First, by Cheryl Forberg, RD.  Copyright © 2011 by Cheryl Forberg, RD.  Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA  18098.

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