Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad With Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

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Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint Plated

I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts in the food department lately. Not making it to the store this past weekend means I’m living off the aging produce from the week before plus a few random items I grabbed at a quick Costco stop last week.

I’m also coming off  a super busy July with lots of travel and work, and frankly, I’ve had zero energy to do much of anything.

That being said, I decided to have fun with lunch, “Chopped” style, and use what I had on hand. Today’s mystery basket included:

  • 1 package of cooked beets (I get this at Costco and I’m TOTALLY addicted.)
  • 1 about-to-be-too-ripe avocado
  • 1 zucchini from Mom’s garden
  • 1 overripe mango

I also happen to have a lime in the bottom of my fridge, some honey, of course, in my pantry AND fresh herbs from my small container garden.

Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh MintThe salad that emerged is truly something I would have never eaten just a few years ago, but my word was it GOOD! The combination and texture of beet, avocado and mango were amazing. The zucchini added bulk and soaked up the flavor of everything else. A cucumber may have been better to add some crunch, but I didn’t have one, so zucchini it was.

Here’s what I did. I hope it sparks some fun chopped salad experiments in your house!

  • Juice of one lime (~1 tbsp)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 10 fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped, roasted beets
  • 1/2 mango, chopped

Whisk lime juice, salt and honey in a small bowl to make the dressing. Add the fresh herbs and smash in to release their oils and flavor. Set aside.

Add the avocado, zucchini, beets and mango to a larger bowl. Drizzle with the lime dressing. Toss and enjoy!

Top with a few more fresh mint leaves.

Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint Plated

That’s it!

Super easy and perfect for a summer lunch!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
390 15g 13g old: 8 new: 11
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
48g 2g 66g 8g
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3 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Martha G

    Sounds good. I make a big salad for lunch most days and can’t believe all the stuff I put in and how well most of them turn out.

  2. Judy

    Hi Roni. You said you used “a package of beets” that you got from Costco. Are you referring to the glass jar of canned beets they sell? Thanks for clarifying.

    Judy

    1. roni

      Actually, no. They have refrigerated beets the section where hummus and cheese are. They come in packs of 4 or 5 with 4-5 beets in each. Organic and roasted. I LOVE them.

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