Vegan Autumn Salad with Smashed Beets and Autumn Raspberry Vinaigrette

Vegan Autumn Salad With Smashed Beets and Autumn Raspberry Vinaigrette

Course: Lunch, Soup and Light Dinners, Mains
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 2 people
Author: Anna Bloomfield
Vegan Autumn Salad with amazing smashed beets and a gorgeous, taste the seasons, autumn raspberry vinaigrette. Earthy, fruity, sweet and umami. This gorgeous salad delivers it all.
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For the salad

  • 100 g ready prepared grains or wild rice (I use Merchant Gourmet Quinoa)
  • 2 small handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 apple (cored and thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 4 tablespoons peas (cooked)
  • A few small mint leaves
  • 20 g hazelnuts
  • Parmesan shavings or vegan alternative

For the smashed beets

  • 2 medium beetroot (pre-packed or raw (not the pickled variety!))
  • ½ small clove garlic (crushed)
  • 8-10 mint leaves (torn)
  • teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the vinaigrette

  • 40 g (½ cup) raspberries
  • 1 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt


For the smashed beets

  • If using raw beets, peel and cut into 3-4cm dice. Boil in salted water until cooked, about 20-25 minutes. Drain. Cool under cold running water.
  • Place all the smashed beets ingredients except the nigella seeds into the food processor. Pulse until the beets are smashed but retain some texture.

For the dressing

  • Place the raspberries and sugar in a bowl and mash together.
  • Tip all the dressing ingredients into a large jar and shake well.

To assemble

  • Roughly chop the hazelnuts. Toast in a hot dry frying pan until golden and smelling gorgeous. Once toasted add a pinch of salt, toss well and tip out to cool.


Calories: 565kcal (28%) | Carbohydrates: 70g (23%) | Protein: 12g (24%) | Fat: 28g (43%) | Saturated Fat: 3g (15%) | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 364mg (15%) | Potassium: 789mg (23%) | Fiber: 12g (48%) | Sugar: 22g (24%) | Vitamin A: 570IU (11%) | Vitamin C: 29.5mg (36%) | Calcium: 58mg (6%) | Iron: 3mg (17%)

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