It’s happening ya’ll. I’m blogging again! It’s March, and so I kind of feel recovered from Christmas now. Can anyone else relate?!? We’ve been a busy family jumping from one thing (and one illness) to another and I’m so ready for spring break!
But today is about food. Real and good for you food in the form of salad. This avocado, beet and goat cheese salad is my absolute favorite salad of all time. I love the creamy combo of avocado and goat cheese but adding in beets and cilantro give it even more of a unique flavor.
This fuss-free salad can be thrown together in a matter of minutes and contains just 5 ingredients: mixed greens, avocado, canned beets, goat cheese, and cilantro. It makes a great side or appetizer for dinner, but I often eat it on its own or with soup for lunch. It makes a great on-the-go lunch by adding all the ingredients to a mason jar. Just start with wettest ingredients on the bottom and finish with your greens on top. Add a lid and then pour it all out on a plate when you’re ready to eat!
I serve my avocado, beet and goat cheese salad with a super simple homemade vinaigrette which is a great alternative to the store bought stuff. Bottled salad dressings are typically full of sugar and mystery ingredients no one can pronounce. It’s so fast to make it yourself and much better for you! The recipe is for two salads but you can multiply to make a bigger batch like I did in the photographs.
Here’s a close up look at the vinaigrette and its six simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. But even if you don’t have the ingredients or don’t want to make a dressing, the salad is delicious with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Avocado, beet and goat cheese salad isn’t just pretty and full of flavor. It’s also packed with nutrients. Avocados are full of potassium, fiber, and healthy fats, while beets contain vitamin C and magnesium. Goat cheese is easier to digest than cheese made from cow’s milk which is good for those with dairy sensitivity, and it also contains more vitamins and minerals than cow’s milk. Cilantro contains vitamin K which is great for your skin and those pesky dark under-eye circles, and of course we all know you can never have enough dark leafy greens.
I hope you’ll add this salad to your rotation and please let me know if you try it by tagging @kristensfixins on social media! I’d love to see your creation. Happy eating!
More healthy recipes from the blog:
Avocado, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Simple Vinaigrette
For the Salad
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1/2 can beets, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 4 tbsp goat cheese, crumbled
For the Vinaigrette
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vineger
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp honey
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the salad
- Divide ingredients between two salad plates. Feel free to adjust amounts to your taste. Top with dressing.
For the Vinaigrette
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a small glass jar with lid and shake until combined.