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Beetroot, Avocado & Quinoa Salad with Feta, Spiced Walnuts & Mint

A colorourful, tasty and healthy salad that is full of flavour. Gluten free with Vegan Option.

This is a colourful, tasty and healthy beetroot salad that is great for any occasion. The sweet beetroot is a great match with creamy avocado and feta alongside the crisp baby rocket leaves, quinoa topped off with spiced walnuts and fresh mint.

This tasty beetroot salad makes a healthy side dish or is a tasty salad to take to along to a BBQ, potluck or picnic this summer.

Chock full of fresh produce, different flavours and textures this salad is a crowd pleaser and is great for entertaining.

A colurful, tasty and delicious salad that is perfect for any occasion. Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan Option.

A colorourful, tasty and healthy salad that is full of flavour. Gluten free with Vegan Option.

It is looking like we are in for a hot and humid summer here in NZ, so I am so excited that salad season is finally here…..

Using fresh and colourful produce to mix and match in any recipe is one of my favourite things, and that’s what salads are all about!

We have just harvested our beetroot for the summer and what better way to use it than to put it in a delicious beetroot salad!

Beetroot Harvested in Garden

We will be heading away camping which we do every summer and will see how that goes with our little boy. My busy toddler is going through a running away phase at the moment, so there may not be much sitting down going on……

And strangely enough I quite like sitting down at times…….especially when I am supposed to be on holiday!

Last year we had three attempts at camping all of which didn’t go too well….Extreme storms, flooding, baby with an tummy bug, a trip to A & E late at night resulting in having to abandon camp and stay in a hotel…etc etc …. you get the idea…

But no one can say we didn’t try right?  This year it is going to be different –  I just know it!

A colorourful, tasty and healthy salad that is full of flavour. Gluten free with Vegan Option.

What to serve with this Beetroot, Avocado and Quinoa Salad…..

  • This salad goes very well with grilled meat or fish or anything that is suitable for the BBQ.
  • It is perfect for a shared picnic or potluck dinner and will go well with most other salads such as my loaded lentil salad, chicken mango salad, healthy broccoli salad.
  • It can also be enjoyed as a standalone salad – make it into more of a meal with a poached egg on top.

Additional Recipe Tips for making this Beetroot salad.

  • To make this salad paleo friendly then remove the quinoa and the feta. You may like to bump it out with more salad greens.
  • Chines five spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel seeds and szechuan peppercorns that you can find in most supermarkets. If you can’t find this then gently cooking the walnuts with a tiny amount of cinnamon will work well.
  • Remove the goats feta to make the salad vegan and or dairy free.

Nutrition Info:

Here is some nutritional info for those of you that like to know this stuff, and if not please skip down to the recipe!

  • Beetroot is thought to help with the livers detoxification processes making beetroot an excellent vegetable to enjoy when overindulging. Beetroots have excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (1, 2, 2,) and are high in fibre and are a source of folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and iron (source).
  • Quinoa is a gluten free grain that is an excellent plant based source of protein as it one of the few plant based foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids. It is a good source of fibre and of manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, copper, iron and zinc (source).
  • Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats and are classed as a “superfood” as they are rich in various nutrients, minerals and vitamins and contain a unique collection of protective organic compounds like phytosterols, carotenoids, and flavonoids (source).

Other salad recipes you might like to try:

Roasted Pumpkin, Chickpea and Sundried Tomato Salad

Sweet Potato & Feta Salad with Pomegranate & Pecans

Peanut-Miso Tempeh Salad Bowl

I hope you enjoy this beetroot salad recipe. Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Hope

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Serves 6

Beetroot, Avocado & Rocket Quinoa Salad with Spiced Walnuts & Mint

A delicious & healthy salad that is full of flavour with beetroot, avocado, rocket, quinoa, spiced walnuts & mint.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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5 based on 9 review(s)

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 2 medium sized beetroot
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tspn chinese five spice powder *
  • 1 tspn olive oil for cooking walnuts
  • 1.5 cups of baby rocket
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1/2 cup cubed goats feta *Optional
  • 2 Tbspn sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbspn fresh mint
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Salad Dressing
  • 2 Tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbspn balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced.

Instructions

  1. Wash the beetroot and cut the ends off the beets then place in a steamer or a colander set on a saucepan with about 2 inches of simmering water. Steam for about 20 minutes until beets are tender when piercing with a knife. Remove and leave to cool.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa before cooking. Put the quinoa in a saucepan. Pour in 2 cups of water. Cover and bring to the boil and then simmer for about 12-15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Then drain the quinoa to make sure any excess water is removed and place in a bowl.
  3. While the beetroot and quinoa are cooking prepare the rest of the salad.
  4. Lightly pan fry the walnuts in the coconut oil and sprinkle the chinese five spice powder over the walnuts to coat while cooking. Pan fry the walnuts for 2-3 minutes until light golden brown. Set the walnuts aside to cool on a plate lines with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  5. Chop up the red onion, peel and slice the avocado and chop up the fresh mint.
  6. Peel the cooled beet's skin off with a vegetable peeler and cut each beetroot into halves, then each half into wedges.
  7. Mix the rocket leaves evenly through the cooked quinoa, then arrange the beetroot wedges and avocado evenly over the salad.
  8. Top with the spiced walnuts, goats feta, sunflower seeds and chopped mint.
  9. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Chines five spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel seeds and szechuan peppercorns that you can find in most supermarkets. Remove the goats feta to make the salad vegan.

Nutrition

Calories

309 cal

Fat

20 g

Carbs

28 g

Protein

8 g
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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne Lawton
    March 31, 2019 at 11:25 am I can't wait until beets are in season so I can make this fresh salad!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm Oops I somehow missed this comment, thanks Anne, I hope you get to enjoy this salad :)
  • Reply
    Erin
    July 24, 2019 at 4:27 am Camping with a toddler! Haha. Wow. I hope that went well. :D And this salad looks super tasty + interesting!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 24, 2019 at 11:06 am Thanks Erin! Yes camping is fun with a little one but not exactly relaxing! :)
  • Reply
    Raia
    July 24, 2019 at 8:08 am I have some beets that I need to use up and this is perfect for them! Thank you!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 24, 2019 at 11:06 am Aah perfect! Thanks Raia! :)
  • Reply
    ChihYu
    July 25, 2019 at 6:47 am Loving the flavor and texture combo! This salad is a winner!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm Thanks ChihYu!
  • Reply
    Joni Gomes
    July 26, 2019 at 4:56 am This salad is so flavorful, nutritious and delicious! You'd think the avocado was my favorite part but it was actually the beetroot! Great recipe!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm Thanks Joni, I'm so glad you liked it :)
  • Reply
    Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!
    July 26, 2019 at 11:29 am This salad is so packed with flavor, and I love the use of 5 spice, it's so underrated and delicious!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:25 pm Thanks Kari! For sure - 5 spice can really add some great flavour!
  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    July 26, 2019 at 11:55 am Everything about this!! I can't imagine a yummier salad! I really love the walnuts and Chinese 5 spice. You go girl! Pinned to make. SUPER beautiful.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:24 pm Thanks so much Megan, I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Reply
    paleoglutenfreeguy
    July 27, 2019 at 7:19 am Love the textures and colors here. I could totally dive right into this.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:23 pm Thanks - different colours and textures make the best salads I think! :)
  • Reply
    STACEY CRAWFORD
    July 29, 2019 at 9:01 am I love beets in a salad! I like the mix of goodies you have with it. especially the avocado, feta & mint!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm Thanks Stacey!
  • Reply
    jennifer
    July 29, 2019 at 10:56 pm I never acquired a love for beets which makes me sometimes feel like a healthy food blogging failure (haha) . . but I think paired with the avocados and feta in this beautiful salad I would actually enjoy a lot!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm Haha - Aah yes I know what you mean. I never liked beets when I was younger but I agree I think paired with the right ingredients they can taste really good! Maybe you will become a beet lover after all

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