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Dinner Tonight: Crunchy Raw Beetroot Salad with Feta and Pear

I was going to tie this beet salad in with the New York Times article "The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating", until my wife kindly reminded me the article was actually published in June, and that smart me had already written about it. Hey, the summer seems like a long time ago here in Chicago. I suppose you can never have enough of the 11 best foods.

I was mostly intrigued by the author's explanation of eating beets. They should be shaved and eaten raw because "heating decreases the antioxidant power." I like beets, but always roast the hell out of them until they became gloriously sweet and juicy. How good could raw beets be? For help in raw beet initiation I turned to Jamie Oliver, who cuts them into thin matchsticks and pairs them with, well, pears. The result is a crisp winter salad, with some much needed bite from the feta.

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