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Citrus Beet Salad With Tahini Dressing

Aug 19, 2016 By Allison Hodge
salad with orange and baked beets

This colorful salad serves up a healthy variety of nutrients, including antioxidant vitamins C, A, and E, along with essential minerals like manganese and potassium. Additionally, walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and beets are a good source of folate, a B vitamin essential for fetal development and healthy red blood cell production. Enjoy this salad as a refreshing first course or add grilled chicken, baked fish, sautéed shrimp, or grass-fed beef for a heartier meal.

Yield: 2 – 3 servings
Prep Time: 45 – 60 minutes; 10 minutes with advance prep

Recipe Ingredients

2 medium beets, boiled, peeled, and sliced
1 navel or blood orange, peeled and diced
1 grapefruit or 1/2 pomelo, peeled and diced
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons honey
4 cups arugula or mixed greens of your choice
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

1. In a small pot, cover beets with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer until tender, about 30 to 60 minutes depending on size.
2. Once beets are cooked completely, rinse them in cold water and trim the tips and stem. The skin should rub off easily; use a dark-colored damp towel to avoid stained hands. Slice peeled beets into small strips.
3. Peel and dice orange, grapefruit, and avocado. Set aside.
4. In a small bowl, whisk tahini, lemon juice, and honey until creamy. Add more lemon juice if necessary to reach desired consistency.
5. Toss beets, orange, grapefruit and avocado with rinsed salad greens. Top with chopped walnuts, drizzle dressing on top and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve up and enjoy!

Recipe Tip

Short on time? Pick up prepared beets in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, or at a salad bar, and you can prep this salad in about 10 minutes.

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Allison Hodge

Allison Hodge is a vinyasa yoga instructor and certified holistic health coach. She is also a co-founder of Flex Hour Yoga, a San Francisco-based company providing yoga instruction and wellness programs to Bay area businesses. Allison loves time in the kitchen exploring recipes, being on her yoga mat, and soaking in warm sun wherever she can find it. Completely fascinated with the body’s innate ability to heal, she continues to explore various modalities of yoga and holistic health, and is forever grateful to share her passions to empower others. Learn more about Allison at Allison Hodge Yoga and connect with her on Facebook.

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