Beet salad with beet root quinoa, spicy chickpeas, three types of greens including beet greens and blueberries. Vegan, gluten-free and a nutritional power house!
This beet salad was inspired by Sarah’s pink couscous in her winter buddha bowl. I love the idea of transforming an ingredient with something so simple, and I used beet root powder to make my quinoa a deep, dark red color.
In an effort to not waste any greens in our kitchen, this beet salad has THREE types of greens; collards, rainbow chard and beet greens. If you buy your beets with the greens attached, they are a fantastic ingredient to saute and eat with veggies. Beet greens are FULL of vitamins and minerals and contain a healthy amount of iron. Eat your greens!
Beet Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Blueberries
Greens on greens on greens, I wasn’t joking about using three different types. Since these particular varieties are pretty bitter, I like to saute them with a ton of garlic, onion, lemon juice, rice vinegar and pink salt. Collards are the strongest tasting of the bunch, at least for me, and I make sure to cook those the longest.
Beets, beet powder quinoa and beet greens are really the star of the show, but I thought it would be fun to throw in some spicy chickpeas and blueberries. There’s a whole lot of flavor and texture combinations happening with this salad, but not in an overpowering way.
If you can’t find beet root powder, you can use red quinoa or just regular white quinoa and mix it with the roasted beets. The beet root powder is mostly for color, but not so much for taste. It only adds a hint of earthiness to the quinoa, but the roasted beets will naturally bleed some red color onto the quinoa.
Goals & Photography
One of my goals for this year is to be more creative and try new things, especially involving food and photography. I taught myself how to use my camera, and I still consider myself very new to photography. I have an entry-level DSLR and only recently starting shooting in manual mode, but being creative gives me the most epic mood boost. I feel like I’m floating in the clouds and can tackle anything when I’m in a nice creative flow.
My plan is to continue experimenting with darker photography. I had started to at the end of last year and love the vibe it creates in photos. It’s really fun to see how different light and shadows change the mood and colors in photography. Get ready for some weird, moody, dark food photos on the blog this year. I hope they don’t scare you away!