Beet-and-Carrot Slaw Wraps

Rachel Morningstar, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, won our American Grown Recipe Challenge (and a signed copy of First Lady Michelle Obama's cookbook, American Grown) with this crunchy, colorful wrap. Rachel writes, "I work for a nonprofit called La Semilla Food Center in southern New Mexico. We work with youth and families in the region to build a healthy, self-reliant, sustainable, and fair food system. I created this recipe to use with students at our school garden at Sierra Middle School. We used beets and carrots the students grew in the garden and local apples, cheddar, and whole-wheat tortillas. After some practice, older youth can prepare this as an afterschool snack on their own."`

Hands-on time:
20 minutes
Total time:
20 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Citrus squeezer (if you have one)
Measuring spoons
Jar with tight-fitting lid
Grater (adult needed)
Large bowl
5 toothpicks


2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (from about 1/2 orange)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1⁄2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon Pepper
5 raw beets (about 2 1/2-3 cups grated), with greens still attached
2 carrots
2 apples, cored and sliced
5 slices cheddar cheese
5 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. To make the dressing: Put the orange juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in the jar, screw the lid on tightly, and shake well.
  2. Cut the greens off the beets and pull the leaves from the stems (discard or compost the stems). Wash the leaves, then stack them and roll them. Slice the roll crosswise into thin (1/4-inch) ribbons.
  3. Peel the beets and the carrots and shred them using the grater.
  4. Put the beet leaves and the shredded beets and carrots in the bowl, and toss them with the dressing.
  5. For each wrap, put 1/5 of the slaw, 1/5 of the sliced apples, and 1 slice of cheddar cheese inside a tortilla. Roll the tortilla from the bottom up, tucking in the sides as you go. Secure the wrap with a toothpick, if you like, and serve right away.


Beet greens (the leafy part of the beet plant) are often disgarded, but they're actually a delicious vegetable, and they add to the nutritional power of this recipe. 


"Cored" means with the stem and hard center part removed.