As you'd know by now, Becomingness is all about sharing recipes that are delicious and healthy. So it is kind of surprising that salads - a dish most people associate with healthy eating - haven't featured more often. (I have shared seven and they are definitely worth a look!)
I've been working to remedy the situation - in the last month of so I have shared quite a few salads (check them out HERE) and my Pumpkin, Beetroot & Avocado Salad is another delicious step in the right direction!
Whilst this is not a salad that you can throw together in ten minutes, it is quite robust and can be eaten as a light meal by itself, or served as a side or part of a buffet. I strongly recommend it as a worthy addition to your recipe book - I put it up there with my Warm Chicken Salad - and received great reviews when I shared it at family lunch on the weekend.
I hope you enjoy my latest recipe.
Pumpkin, Beetroot & Avocado Salad
- 1/2 cup chopped beetroot (approximately 4 small beetroot, peeled and chopped)
- 1 cup chopped kent pumpkin (approximately 1/2 small pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded and chopped)
- 4 cups baby spinach and rocket leaves
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut vinegar 'balsamic style' (or balsamic vinegar would also work)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of black pepper
Place pumpkin and beetroot on a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover with coconut oil and bake at 190° celsius for about 60 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes.
Add the dressing ingredients to a small bowl, whisking well to combine.
When ready to serve, place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, then add the dressing and mix thoroughly.
Vanessa Vickery (or Ness as she is also known) is a qualified nutritionist and a mother of two energetic toddlers. She created Becomingness, a health and wellness website, to help women achieve their health and wellness goals by providing accurate, accessible information, as well as offering valuable products and services that promote motivation, empowerment, self-belief and happiness. Come say hello and follow Ness on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.