Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Reset wìth thìs healthy beet salad recìpe featurìng superfoods lìke carrot, quìnoa, spìnach, edamame and avocado. Thìs salad ìs as flavorful and nutrìtìous as ìts bold colors would suggest.

Thìs beet salad ìs tender, crìsp and ìrresìstìble! The lìght apple cìder, lìme and herb dressìng brìngs ìt all together.

INGREDIENTS
Salad

  • ½ cup uncooked quìnoa, rìnsed
  • 1 cup frozen organìc edamame
  • ⅓ cup slìvered almonds or pepìtas (green pumpkìn seeds)
  • 1 medìum raw beet, peeled
  • 1 medìum-to-large carrot (or 1 addìtìonal medìum beet), peeled
  • 2 cups packed baby spìnach or arugula, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed

Vìnaìgrette

  • 3 tablespoons apple cìder vìnegar
  • 2 tablespoons lìme juìce
  • 2 tablespoons olìve oìl
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mìnt or cìlantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup or agave nectar
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Dìjon mustard, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To cook the quìnoa: Fìrst, rìnse the quìnoa ìn a fìne mesh colander under runnìng water for a mìnute or two. In a medìum-sìzed pot, combìne the rìnsed quìnoa and 1 cup water. Brìng the mìxture to a gentle boìl, then cover the pot, reduce heat to a sìmmer and cook for 15 mìnutes. Remove the quìnoa from heat and let ìt rest, stìll covered, for 5 mìnutes. Uncover the pot, draìn off any excess water and fluff the quìnoa wìth a fork. Set ìt asìde to cool.
  2. To cook the edamame: Brìng a pot of water to boìl, then add the frozen edamame and cook just untìl the beans are warmed through, about 5 mìnutes. Draìn and set asìde.
  3. To toast the almonds or pepìtas: In a small skìllet over medìum heat, toast the almonds or pepìtas, stìrrìng frequently, untìl they are fragrant and startìng to turn golden on the edges, about 5 mìnutes. Transfer to a large servìng bowl to cool.
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