farmer's market inspired {beets + oranges + avocado salad}

If you ask me, weekends are for relaxing (most of the time) so my idea of cooking is mostly salads.  As you can tell from previous posts, I am already yearning for the spring and summer seasons, and this salad evokes that "farmer's market" feeling.  Here I use a few of my favorite ingredients.  

First let's talk beets.  There is something I love about root veggies, especially beets.  It is a very humble root that packs a punch in the flavor department when cooked properly.  Here I have used it as the main ingredient for super simple salad that has a lot of flavors into one plate.  Add some avocados, tangerines, and basil drizzled with a quick and easy champagne vinaigrette and you have all the components of a superb salad. 

But not only does it taste good; it is good for you.  Beets, the main ingredient, is high in fiber and a natural cleanser.  It contains many vitamins and minerals to include potassium, magnesium, iron, beta carotene, folic acid and vitamins A, B, C.  These are all important building blocks for a runner's nutrition, right?  Well here is one more.  They are a high source of energy because they are high in sugars, yet they have a low glycemic index, which means it releases slowly into the system.  

Avocados are high caloric yet they are considered a good fat (that doesn't mean you can eat it every day).  And I read this online but did you know that by consuming avocados with other fat burning foods you can improve you body's nutrient absorption by up to 400%?  Hello, sign me up for that!  Like beets, avocados contain a lot of nutrients that are essential to body's performance but in addition, they contain 18 amino acids which the body can form into a protein, which makes this veggie/fruit a go-to for vegetarians and vegans.  

And finally, mandarins: my favorite citrus.  I can eat a whole case if I don't watch it!  These delicious oranges are super charged with vitamin C but also with other phytochemicals that have been shown to help prevent cancer.  That is really good news, and yet another reason for me to eat them!  And when combined with the other two ingredients you have plant-based power in a fork!  Here is the recipe:

Winter Farmer's Market Salad
2 roasted beets cut into bite sizes
1-2 mandarins separated into segments
1 avocado, diced
1-3 tbsp basil
1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
1 tsp watercress mustard
1/3 cup of olive oil

In a bowl whisk the raspberry vinegar, the mustard and oil.  Add the beets and toss until they are coated.  Add salt & pepper as needed.  Then gently fold in the avocado, mandarins and basil.  Serve and enjoy!  

This salad will be one of the many meals I will be having this week, as I "reset" my nutrition clock.  The following meals will be making up the bulk of what I eat this week:

Almond "yogurt" with blackberries
Overnight Oats with Cinnamon Whipped Honey
Green Goddess Protein Smoothie

Black Bean Quinoa Patties
Black Bean Burritos (see a black beans trend?)
Avocado, Tomatoes and Cod Salad

Baby Greens Salad with Grilled Salmon
Vegetarian Chili
Leftover Black Beans Burrito
Beets, Avocado, Mandarins Salad

Banana w/ Peanut Butter
Protein Shake
Rice Chips with Hummus

Alright everyone!  I hope you enjoy your weekend!  
Happy eating and happy running!


  1. Ooh, that looks delicious! Beets are one of my favorite veggies... so colorful, too. :) Thanks for linking up!

  2. So glad I found your newly designed blog! It looks BEAUTIFUL! Almost as beautiful as the beet salad. Love beets.

  3. These are jewel colors and they go beautifully in the salad. I love fresh veggies and salads. I would love this. Thanks for sharing it with My Meatless Mondays.

  4. Your week is full of amazing eats! There is always a black bean trend in our house. I'd love to have your almond yogurt recipe :)

    Thanks for linking up with Laura and I for What's For Dinner!!

  5. I am back to tell you, this salad, is being featured, this week. Come on over an visit.