Beet, Beet, Beet, Sugar Beet, Beet, Beet.

Posted on July 8, 2008 by Allie


There was this girl I went to elementary school with, we’ll call her D.  D and I were on the same school bus, and even though we weren’t really friends in school, we both took the very back seats on the bus on either side of the aisle and pretended we were on spaceships together every day on the way home from school.  One of the seats had a big gash that was held together with duct tape and an old band aid, and the person who got on the bus first took the non-band aid seat.  I almost always got the band aid seat, but I didn’t care.  I was in awe of D.  She was totally hyper and so much fun.

One day, from her back seat, while steering her spaceship, she sang, “Beet, beet, beet, suuuugar beet, beet, beet,” over and over and over again until I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a real song, just babble.  I have no idea why she was singing it, or why I found it so incredibly funny, but even though it happened over 20 years ago, I remember it clearly.  Now, I sing that song in my head every time I make beet salad.

Here’s the recipe.  When you make it, you have to sing the beet song in honor of D and all her hyper awesomeness.  Make up your own tune.

From Farmer John’s Cookbook, via last year’s CSA newsletter:

  • 4 medium beets, peeled, coarsely grated (3-4 cups) – if you have a mandolin grater, it works great, otherwise just use the coarse side of a cheese grater and WATCH YOUR KNUCKLES (not that I’ve ever grated mine or anything)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed (1/2 teaspoon)
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  1. Put grated beets in a large salad bowl
  2. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard in a large jar.  Make sure the lid is tight and shake like crazy until the mixture thickens.  This is a great time to sing the sugar beet song.
  3. Pour dressing on shredded beets and toss.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Cover and leave in the fridge for 1 hour
  6. Add fresh dill and give it a good toss before serving

It’s great as a side dish, or on salads.  The recipe recommends serving it over cottage cheese, but something about that feels wrong to me.  Usually, I eat it straight out of the bowl and don’t even wait for it to chill.  It’s that good.

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  1. The Professor isn’t fond of beets, unfortunately, as I like them well enough.

    The song, however, is going to be going through my head like a Mary Poppins tune.

    July 9th, 2008 at 4:53 am
    Comment by willow
  2. i’m not sure if this is at all the same song, but once on Alf (yeah, that early 90s show about an alien) the father and son were practicing oh wait…wrong song. That was about Asparagus.

    Never mind!

    Beet beet beet beet, suuuugggarrr beet, beet beet, beet, beet….

    July 9th, 2008 at 5:43 pm
    Comment by erikka
  3. Willow – I’d only ever had them canned, and wasn’t impressed, but fresh, raw beets are totally different.

    Erikka – Alf! I LOVED that show when I was a kid. Have you ever seen Permanent Midnight? Supposedly, that show was about the creator of Alf. It explains a lot.

    July 10th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    Comment by Allie
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  6. It was a Sesame Street song…

    April 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm
    Comment by Chris

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