Recipe: Beet, Citrus and Avocado Salad

Beet, Citrus and Avocado Salad

Serves 4

In Part 1 of my blog series, Using Food as Medicine, I noted how beets can be a fantastic benefactor when it comes to detoxifying your body. Beets act as natural blood cleansers, helping to detoxify the blood of heavy metals and waste due to a compound that forms Glutathione. This master antioxidant is essential to help the detoxification pathways in the liver run efficiently. Try out this delicious recipe that aids your body in moving toward a cleaner bill of health!

Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times


2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice

1 tsp cumin seeds, ground

½ tsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp olive oil


1 bunch beets, roasted

1 pink grapefruit

1 medium Hass avocado, slightly firm

2 Tbsp. fresh basil, slivered


  1. Mix together lemon or lime juice, ground cumin, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. Whisk in the olive oil.
  2. Cut beets in slices or wedges. Toss with the dressing to taste.
  3. Cut away both ends of the grapefruit so that it sits flat on your work surface. Cut the skin and the pith completely away from the fruit, following the natural curve of the fruit from top to bottom.  Hole the grapefruit in your hand over a bowl to catch the juice and cut away each segment from between the membranes.
  4. Arrange the beets in the center of a platter, and surround with the grapefruit and avocado slices. Drizzle on the remaining dressing along with the grapefruit juice from the bowl.  Sprinkle on the basil and serve.

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