It’s rare that I eat beets without the fresh and bright contrast of citrus. They complement each other so well! For this salad, the magical duo is joined by crisp fennel with its cool anise flavor. To add even more brightness, the dish is finished with fresh lemon and mint. It’s the perfect uplifting cure for those winter doldrums! This salad was truly a local affair as the beets and fennel came from my CSA, the orange from a neighbor’s tree, and the mint from my backyard. You can find this recent collaboration with Loam Agronomics over on their blog.
When I’m preparing meals for the week, I almost always have some sort of grain salad on the list. They’re like a heartier version of the typical garden salad and in the winter, much more appealing. For this version I’ve combined protein-rich quinoa with roasted broccoli and kale. Lemon and cilantro lend a bit of brightness while toasted pumpkin seeds provide a nice crunchy element. For a dose of healthy fats and potassium, avocado is tossed in at the end. This recipe was created with the farm fresh veg I get in my CSA share from Loam Agronomics. You can find the recipe here.