Big Beautiful Summer Salad This gorgeous and healthy summer vegetable salad is loaded with pretty 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.


15 mins


25 mins




  • 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)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 (15.5 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


    Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

    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.


Equipment: Microwavable parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 cups salad & about 2 1/2 Tbsp. dressing Per Serving: 292 calories; protein 10.9g; carbohydrates 30.6g; dietary fiber 10.9g; sugars 8.3g; fat 15.6g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 1mg; vitamin a iu 6097.5IU; vitamin c 22.2mg; folate 322.8mcg; calcium 116.3mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 83.6mg; potassium 919.8mg; sodium 400.2mg; thiamin 0.2mg. Exchanges:

2 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 lean protein, 1 starch


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