Roasted-Beet-and-Avocado Salad

A surprise ingredient—a puree of the squat Italian cipollini onion—thickens and sweetens the mustard dressing on this wintry salad of earthy roasted red beets and chunks of silky avocado.


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  • 4 medium beets (about 1/2 pound each), scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 cipollini onion, finely chopped, or 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet Spanish or white onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil or other mild vegetable oil
  • 2 Hass avocados, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small baking dish, rub the beets with olive oil. Add the water and season with salt and white pepper. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until tender when pierced with a knife. Let cool, then peel the beets and cut them into 3/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the chopped onion with the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and honey. Season with salt and white pepper and blend until smooth. With the machine on, add the grapeseed oil and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a steady stream.

  3. Add the avocado to the roasted beets. Pour the onion dressing on top and toss gently to combine. Season the salad with salt and pepper and serve.

Make Ahead

The roasted beets and dressing can be refrigerated overnight.

Contributed By Photo © Simon Watson Published February 2010

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Author Name: Miho Johnson

Review Body: it was so delicious! 

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Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: crafter102

Review Body: This is a very healthy looking dish that I would love to try soon! I heard beets are good for your liver so I won't miss this! Looks awesome..

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Date Published: 2016-07-12

Author Name: Tal Mor

Review Body: I love beet. This recipe is superb

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Date Published: 2016-07-12

Author Name: @RedHat

Review Body: Looks soo good. Will try soon.. 

Date Published: 2016-07-12

Author Name: @PurplePopcorn

Review Body: I've never eaten beets in my whole life as they've never appealed to me in the first place. But I heard about the health benefits about it and your recipe is just too perfect for my diet.. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-12

Author Name: Merle_Wilson

Review Body: The leaves of the beets are a bit hard and stiff but still I love your recipe and will definitely make this soon.

Date Published: 2016-09-04

Author Name: @OrangeCorn

Review Body: Probably the most exceptional recipe I have tried my entire life! I am really enjoying it. Hope I will have the perfect dish today! Thank you..

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Date Published: 2016-07-12