This salad is the perfect and healthy combination of tangy beets and creamy avocado. Add in the sweet cherries and crunchy pistachios and you will have the perfect salad for an elegant dinner party or a family supper.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Cut stems off beets and place whole on a baking sheet. Roast until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and dice beets into large bite-sized pieces. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar in a bowl; season with salt and black pepper.

  • Toss diced avocado with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate bowl; season with salt.

  • To serve, divide salad greens between serving plates. Top each serving with 1/4 of the beets and avocado. Sprinkle each serving with shelled pistachios, dried cherries, and shredded Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

393 calories; protein 9.2g 18% DV; carbohydrates 34.1g 11% DV; fat 26.3g 40% DV; cholesterol 3.6mg 1% DV; sodium 287.1mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2014
This was one of the BEST salads I have ever made! I made it for a dinner party and every single person had two servings. Absolutely will make again! My modifications: Used half field greens and half baby spinach Threw in a handful of walnuts because I had them around Roasted the beets drizzled in a garlic-infused olive oil. I used kosher salt and black pepper to season both beets and avocado-made a huge difference-don't forget this step! Used the same garlic-infused olive oil to drizzle on the avocados and also make the salad dressing. Threw in two cloves of garlic (pressed from my garlic presser) right into my salad dressing Used sliced almonds with dried cranberries instead of pistachios and dried cherries Skipped all cheese to save on calories-and is a great vegan friendly choice Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2014
This was one of the BEST salads I have ever made! I made it for a dinner party and every single person had two servings. Absolutely will make again! My modifications: Used half field greens and half baby spinach Threw in a handful of walnuts because I had them around Roasted the beets drizzled in a garlic-infused olive oil. I used kosher salt and black pepper to season both beets and avocado-made a huge difference-don't forget this step! Used the same garlic-infused olive oil to drizzle on the avocados and also make the salad dressing. Threw in two cloves of garlic (pressed from my garlic presser) right into my salad dressing Used sliced almonds with dried cranberries instead of pistachios and dried cherries Skipped all cheese to save on calories-and is a great vegan friendly choice Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2015
I have made with both avocado and goat cheese. I love avocado but goat cheese is really good in this. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2017
Very tasty! Beautiful to serve too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2014
Loved this salad!! We followed all directions in recipe. Added the garlic infused oil to the beets and avacado and used an herbed salt. Best with fresh parm/reggiano grated cheese! Will definitely make this salad again! Paired well with Mean Woman's Pasta Sauce-check it out on this site! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2015
This is a wonderful salad. You can vary the nuts and cheese and it's still delicious. I don't bring home leftovers of this one! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2017
Great recipe! I adjusted to what I had in my kitchen so the final product had beets spinach pistachios dried cranberries and goat cheese. Very close to the original so I don't feel like it should lose stars (I would have done the original if I didn't have such close ingredients at home). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2018
I made this and it actually made 3 large salads. However I added roasted chicken to the top. I should have added more grated Parmesan. Overall excellent taste! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2020
Made this recipe exactly as written. I love that it's nice and light, but I'm not sure I understand the raves. Read More