Knowing when your local produce is in season can be a bit tricky at times. Luckily there are some veggies that are in season almost all summer long, like beets. Beets are not only for fall roasts and Thanksgiving Day table fillers; they are a versatile root veggie that can easily kick your cooking up to the next level. Try out this amazing Roasted Beet Salsa recipe for an alternative to tomatoes (which aren't quite in season just yet) and get even the self-proclaimed beet haters loving your dish!  

Roasted Beet Salsa

Prep: 15 mins          Cook: 50 mins          Total: 65 mins

Ingredients

4 medium beets                                                                      1/4 cup fresh mint, minced

2 tsp. shallots, diced                                                                1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced

2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated                                                        2 tsp. lime juice

1 tsp. jalapeno, diced                                                                1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic, minced                                                               Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Trim the tops off beets and wrap in aluminum foil

Roast in baking dish for 40-60 minutes

While roasting, combine shallots, ginger, jalapeno, garlic, mint, cilantro, lime juice, oil, and salt and pepper in a large bowl, mix

Allow beets to cool before handling, peel beets by slipping the skin off with your fingers

Dice beets and add to salsa mixture, stirring to combine thoroughly, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


This simple recipe can easily add both nutritional and self value to your cookbook because you know that when you are eating locally and healthy you are giving back to your own community. Try this recipe at your backyard grill-out or just for a night at home--either way, you will be sure to love it.

And stay tuned in to our blog for more recipes and information on how you can buy, cook, and eat locally!