Mediterranean Beet Salad

Mediterranean Beet Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   This fresh summer salad is great for cookouts! Author: CreativEliza Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: Mediterranean Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2-3 lbs fresh beets: washed, peeled and cut into small cubes 1 cup crumbled feta cheese…

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