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Beet and Avocado Salad with Sparkling Lime Vinaigrette

(recipe, Kate Simon)

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The citrusy vinaigrette for this salad was inspired by a tequila-based dressing I had in Mexico. The lime, chile powder, agave nectar, and basil mirror the fresh, piquant tastes of Jalisco and complement the creamy avocado and juicy grapefruit that grow in the region. Beets bring it all home.


    1. 2 cups red and gold beets, roasted, peeled, cooled, and cut into wedges
    2. 2 cups avocado wedges
    3. 2 cups ruby-red grapefruit wedges
    4. ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
    5. ¼ cup crumbled feta
    6. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
    7. Sea salt and black pepper to taste
    1. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
    2. 2 Tbsp. Champagne vinegar
    3. 3 Tbsp. sunflower oil
    4. 1½ Tbsp. dry cava or dry sparkling wine
    5. 1 tsp. agave nectar
    6. 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
    7. ¼ tsp. chile powder
    8. ¼ tsp. sea salt
    9. ¼ tsp. black pepper


    1. Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
    2. Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar with a lid. Cover tightly and shake well. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinaigrette onto the salad, tossing gently. Add more vinaigrette if needed.
    3. Arrange salad on four plates. Offer extra salt and pepper to taste.


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