Summer Salad Is an Easy Weeknight Meal

By Liz Mervosh, EatingWell
Liz Mervosh, EatingWell
Liz Mervosh, EatingWell
June 22, 2021 Updated: June 22, 2021

This gorgeous summer vegetable salad is loaded with produce, including golden beets, avocado, corn, microgreens, and radishes. Chickpeas and edamame add substance, and an herb-filled buttermilk-avocado dressing makes this salad really special. Serve it on its own for a light vegetarian meal or add grilled chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.

Big Beautiful Summer Salad

Serves 6

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 3 small golden beets (10 ounces total), peeled and trimmed
  • 2 small ripe avocados (6 ounces each)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as tarragon, dill, parsley, chives, and/or cilantro)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 (15-ounce can) no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup lightly packed microgreens (such as pea shoots)
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears)
  • 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1 small watermelon radish, halved and thinly sliced on a mandoline (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Wrap beets together in 1 sheet of microwavable parchment paper. Microwave on high until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

Meanwhile, cut 1 avocado into 12 wedges. Chop the remaining avocado.

Combine herbs, buttermilk, water, garlic, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add the chopped avocado; process on medium speed until blended and smooth, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

Arrange romaine on a large platter. Top with chickpeas, microgreens, corn, edamame, radish slices, beet wedges, and avocado wedges. Drizzle with oil and the remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spoon the buttermilk dressing over the salad.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 291 Calories, Total Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 10 g, Total Sugars: 8 g, Protein: 10 g, Sodium: 400 mg, Potassium: 919 mg, Iron: 3 mg, Folate: 322 mcg, Calcium: 116 mg, Vitamin A: 6097 IU, Vitamin C: 22 mg.

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Liz Mervosh, EatingWell
Liz Mervosh, EatingWell