Thanks to our friends at The Naked Food, we have this delicious Beet & Apple Tree salad to share with you. It not only looks beautiful it is heart-healthy, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and made with all plant-based ingredients. Make this and bring it outside with you to share on these beautiful Spring days!
Using a mandolin or slicer, cut the apples into 1/4″ slices. Set aside.
Wash the beets gently and peel the skin. Slice the beet into slices of 1/4 inch or less and keep separate from the apple slices. See note*. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the beets and the apples, still keeping them both separate.
Begin assembling the trees onto four individual plates by placing the four largest beet slices first. Wash your hands. See note**. Add the largest slices of apples on top of each beet slice. Repeat the process, alternating beet and apple, adding the slices from large to small.
Chop the cilantro and add it to the plates. Add maple syrup on top, and sprinkle a small number of raw pine nuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds or almonds. Serve immediately.
Notes from the Author
* Wear an apron when chopping beets, and wash your board and hands right away to avoid red fingerprints everywhere. Are your knife skills not up to par? Consider buying one of those matchstick peelers or matchstick mandolins to do the hard work.
** To remove beet juice from fingers, rub with wet salt and lemon juice and then wash with soap and water.
*** For heart disease patients skip the nuts and use seeds only.