Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable, which gives them an earthy sweetness. But they are also low in calories, high in fiber, rich in iron, and full of cancer-fighting beta-carotene and folic acid, which can help prevent birth defects. Beets are at their best late spring through the fall.
One measure of a healthy menu is a palette of colors. Salads don't get much more colorful than this one, which features yellow and red baby beets and sugar snap peas lightly tossed in vinaigrette. If peas become unavailable in the warmer months, try experimenting with green or wax beans.