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EatingWell: Summer salad is an easy weeknight meal

Liz Mervosh, EatingWell on

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This gorgeous summer vegetable salad is loaded with produce, including golden beets, avocado, corn, microgreens and radishes. Chickpeas and edamame add substance, and an herb-filled buttermilk-avocado dressing makes this salad really special. Serve it on its own for a light vegetarian meal or add grilled chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.

Big Beautiful Summer Salad

Serves 6

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

3 small golden beets (10 ounces total), peeled and trimmed

2 small ripe avocados (6 ounces each)

1 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as tarragon, dill, parsley, chives and/or cilantro)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk

2 tablespoons water

1 small garlic clove

2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

8 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1 (15-ounce can) no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed


1 cup lightly packed microgreens (such as pea shoots)

1 cup fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears)

1 cup frozen edamame, thawed

1 small watermelon radish, halved and thinly sliced on a mandoline (about 1/4 cup)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1. Wrap beets together in 1 sheet of microwavable parchment paper. Microwave on high until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

2. Meanwhile, cut 1 avocado into 12 wedges. Chop the remaining avocado.

3. Combine herbs, buttermilk, water, garlic, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add the chopped avocado; process on medium speed until blended and smooth, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

4. Arrange romaine on a large platter. Top with chickpeas, microgreens, corn, edamame, radish slices, beet wedges and avocado wedges. Drizzle with oil and the remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spoon the buttermilk dressing over the salad.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 291 Calories, Total Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 10 g, Total Sugars: 8 g, Protein: 10 g, Sodium: 400 mg, Potassium: 919 mg, Iron: 3 mg, Folate: 322 mcg, Calcium: 116 mg, Vitamin A: 6097 IU, Vitamin C: 22 mg.


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