Super Summer Veggies: Beets and Artichokes

10 Aug Super Summer Veggies: Beets and Artichokes

Incorporating artichokes and beets into recipes is the newest food trend this summer. These uncommonly used vegetables are colorful, packed with nutrients and offer interesting flavor combinations for summer entertaining. You can use these power veggies to keep your summer body while kicking up the flavor.

Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Chorizo Aioli by Chef Linkie Marais

Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Aioli

Given their interesting exteriors, many people shy away from using these veggies, so let’s start at the beginning for a little background. When selecting beets at the grocery store, look for ones that have unblemished surfaces, deep color, are hard, round and smooth. When selecting artichokes, make sure they are compact and feel heavy. The leaves should be tight, and the stem should look healthy.

Preparation is key with these ingredients. If you want to get to the heart of an artichoke, boil it, peel away the leaves until you reach the tender center, then cut the artichoke in half and remove the fuzzy choke. Beets are extremely tough to cut, so use a sharp knife when cutting them.

Roasted Beet Salad by Chef Linkie Marais

Roasted Beet Salad

This summer’s trends are all about trying new, interesting things, and I guarantee using a beet or an artichoke will be a new experience for most people! I’ve created some delectable, easy recipes, using both artichokes and beets, by mixing them with unique and delicious ingredients.

Artichokes are wonderful on the grill, especially when paired with a spice. My Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Chorizo Aioli are a perfect summer appetizer. The complex flavors of the grilled artichokes and the smoky, fiery flavors of the chorizo aioli pair wonderfully together for a delectable snack.

In addition, try combining roasted beets, walnuts, goat cheese and arugula together in my delicious Roasted Beet Salad. Pairing the peppery arugula with the sharp flavor of the goat cheese will add explosive flavor to your salad. The vinaigrette adds flare to the salad by combining fresh basil, sweet brown sugar and zesty garlic.

See? Anyone can take advantage of these super veggies! How have you incorporated beets and artichokes into your summer recipes?