Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beet and Avocado Salad with Beet Greens and Goji Berries

This dish is fresh, summery, light, and delicious, and jam-packed with healthy ingredients. AND, I used basil growing in my NEW and very own herb garden! I can't tell you how awesome it is to just open my door and pick a few leaves of fresh basil to use in my dishes. Well, ok, I can tell you. I just did. I love it. I'm going basil-crazy. I'm also ready to go golden beet crazy after making this meal.

I got inspired to make this after having the roasted beet & avocado salad at my new favorite local restaurant- the Boot & Shoe Service (yes, a restaurant called Boot & Shoe. Apparently the place actually used to be a shoe repair shop, and when it became a restaurant, they decided to just leave the sign up and keep the name. Funny, right?) Anyway, back to food. 

  • 3 large golden beets, cleaned and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Beet greens (from above beets!- buy a bunch!) and/or kale, washed & chopped (I actually used a combo of both, for a giant bowl of greens)
  • 1-2 large avocados in bite-sized chunks
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 Tbsp Goji berries
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Meanwhile, do your chopping & prep. 
  2. Roast your beets. I like to drizzle them in just a little olive oil and wrap them in little tinfoil packets. Depending on how thick or thin you slice them, it should take about 40-50 minutes to get nice and tender. Check with a fork after about 40 min.
  3. Steam the greens in a little olive oil until just wilted.
  4. Combine all ingredients and serve! 
Easy, right? Creamy avocado goes so well with the sweet roasted beets and leafy greens. I love having the Goji berries in there as well for a little color pop, additional sweetness, and texture element, plus some vitamin C too!

Something so simple can be so yummy when you use fresh local ingredients. Let your veggies shine!


  1. Having my own herb garden would make my life so much easier! Interesting combination of ingredients for this salad...I've seen a couple recipes for beets paired with avocado but I haven't tried that myself yet - I'll have to give it a shot!

    1. yeah I've seen beet &avo salads on a few menus around here - somehow it works! then again, I'd put avocado on just about anything ;-)


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