This recipe was devised out of pure lack of motivation to go to the grocery store and an empty refrigerator. And, guess what? It was an experiment that turned into my favorite new snack! Sometimes I even eat this as a light lunch.
The combination of the sweet baby beets, melt-in-your-mouth avocado, tart balsamic dressing, and crunchy walnuts is just perfect! But they’re not only tasty together; avocados, beets and walnuts are all considered healthy, detox foods. And on a side note, this recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and totes amazeballs. If this is what clean-eating tastes like, count me in!
I haven’t yet tried adding anything else to the mix, but I’ll bet this would also be good on a bed of brown rice and/or lettuce to make it more of a meal. Maybe even some feta cheese, but then I’m not sure we could consider it a detox salad? Hehe… that’s ok. You have to get your cheese-fix in every once in a while. Don’t be afraid to experiment and add anything else you think might bring this recipe up a notch.
The combination of the sweet baby beets, melt-in-your-mouth avocado, tart balsamic dressing, and crunchy walnuts is amazing!
- Approximately half of an avocado
- 2–3 peeled & steamed organic baby beets (you can usually find them ready to use in the produce section)
- Organic balsamic vinaigrette (I like Tessemae’s– it’s sugar free and SO good! It’s also found in the produce section by the refrigerated salad dressings at most grocery stores.)
- A handful of chopped walnuts, almonds or sunflowers seeds (preferably toasted)
- Chop the avocado and baby beets into bite sized pieces, and then toss with a few tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette. I honestly don’t measure, I just pour it on there to my liking. 🙂
- Top with a handful of chopped walnuts, and enjoy!!
Easily toast nuts and seeds on the stove in a skillet (heat set to medium-high) with a little bit of butter, stirring constantly. It’s a life changer!
Cucumber is also a nice addition.
If you don’t mind a little dairy, feta cheese makes this salad over the top!
Feel free to just drizzle on a little olive oil and balsamic (or even apple cider vinegar) if you don’t have a good dressing on hand.