Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

This beet, grape and cream cheese salad is a big tasty salad for one. It's all singing and dancing. It has salad leaves and cucumber as the base and it given a ping with some tasty pickled baby beets, which have the tang of vinegar and a slight sweetness. There is sweetness from the grapes, salty crunch from the pistachios and a hit of fresh herbs and garlic in the creamy yogurt dressing.

Oh yes my friends this is a winner.

And it's all mine. 

Well actually it was all Graham's. I told him I'd make him a tasty lunch on Valentine's Day to enjoy after his dog walk (I shall not tell you I made him do housework and iron on his day off which just happened to be Valentine's Day, let's focus on the good stuff!).  I had already eaten a salad wrap, but I did taste all the ingredients as I was assembling the salad. I mean what's a girl to do?




Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing A colourful beet salad with lots of flavour and texture, served with a yogurt, fresh herb and garlic dressing. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Do you do anything special for Valentine's Day?


We don't. I gave a card to my wee boy this morning, which I got a lovely big smile for and a big squeezy hug, but Graham and I don't really bother. For instance today, I told Graham this was his Valentine salad and told me he was doing some Valentine ironing for me. So we do still make each other laugh, but we really can't be bothered with the day.

Don't get me wrong, when we were younger we made a big fuss. There were cards, flowers, chocolates, presents and dinners or trips out.

We've had our share of romance. Shall I let you into a secret? We've been together 27 years now (I know I seem way too young for that, I'm sure you are thinking, well I'm telling myself you're thinking that anyway)

Since we had our boy, he has become our focus and we've let Valentine's Day slide and do you know what, I'm not upset about that in the least. We're still best friends and love each other. You can't get better than that.


Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing A colourful beet salad with lots of flavour and texture, served with a yogurt, fresh herb and garlic dressing. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Salad Nutritional Information


This salad is much lower calorie for lunch than a sandwich. It's a substantial, filling salad that's only 183 calories with a good drizzle of the dressing.

It provides 20% of your daily recommended intake of potassium (a mineral that helps lower the negative effects of salt and helps lower blood pressure),  15% of your recommended intake of calcium (and no dairy in sight!) and 14% of Iron. So it's a pretty darn healthy lunch as well as tasty.

It's perfect if you are watching your weight or doing the 5:2 diet.

Yield: Serves 1
Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Fresh Herb Yogurt Dressing A colourful beet salad with lots of flavour and texture, served with a yogurt, fresh herb and garlic dressing. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing

A colourful beet salad with lots of flavour and texture, served with a yogurt, fresh herb and garlic dressing. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins

ingredients

Salad
  • 50g salad leaves
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 6 pickled baby beets (you could use fresh but the sweet pickled ones add more flavour), halved
  • 6 red grapes, halves
  • 6 tsp cream cheese (dairy or vegan, we like Violife)
  • a handful of pistachio nuts, shelled and roughly chopped
Salad Dressing
  • 50g plain yogurt (dairy or vegan)
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, crushed (less if you like)
  • a small handful of fresh herbs (I used mint and parsley), chopped
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper

instructions


  1. First make your salad dressing by mixing up the yogurt, garlic and herbs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Layer your salad in a bowl. Salad leaves, cucumber, beetroot and grapes, Spoon on dollops of cream cheese, scatter over the nuts and then add a drizzle of the dressing.
  3. Enjoy!
calories
183
fat (grams)
3.3
sat. fat (grams)
0.4
carbs (grams)
33.2
protein (grams)
8.8
sugar (grams)
18.5
Created using The Recipes Generator

Creamy potato salad suitable for vegan and dairy free diets.


If you like this salad you may like to try my creamy vegan potato salad.

Happy Valentine's Day!


22 comments

  1. Aw, Valentine's ironing! This year makes 24 we've been together now and I actually felt pretty proud of myself for cutting up a random piece of glittery paper and putting a sticker on it, and leaving it in the car for Himself. If you write "I'm YOUR cranky heifer, aren't you lucky?" it kind of counts as a Valentine's card, right?? I mean, it was heart-shaped...

    That salad looks so good - I never imagined putting grapes with beets, but it seems it could work. I have marinating a bunch of cubes of tofu in lemon juice and garlic with this recipe, and will bake up a few for dinner. The crispy panko actually doesn't even need a sauce, I've found, so that's really nice.

    I hope you've had a lovely day! ♥

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    1. Well at least you made an effort, I would say. Thanks re the salad and yes it did work well. Your tofu sounds good too. I'm now going to be craving tofu!

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  2. Valentine's Day is a bit of a special one for us, but that doesn't go as far as flowers, meals out or cards. It marks the day we flew out on our year long hitchhiking adventure together and the day we got back. It's a great way to get to know someone. As for the salad - yes please.

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    1. Oh wow, I never knew you did that. You must tell me all about it sometime.

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  3. That salad looks so refreshing and delicious... and a lovely change from soups and casseroles!

    Do you have the Violife Creamy? I like putting some inside a stalk (or three!) of celery, then spreading Marmite over the top. It makes such a great snack!

    We don't buy each other presents, cards, or anything for V-Day but we do always make a point of finishing work early, and snuggling up together to watch Love Actually. We've done that for about 12 years now!

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    1. Thanks and yes it is a nice change. We usually buy the original Violife cream cheese. Not so sure about pairing it with marmite.

      Awww I love Love Actually, although I watch it at Christmas.

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  4. Pickled beets in salads are definitely pack a lot of flavor. I love them! I haven't ever paired them with sweet grapes and creamy dressing, so this is a great idea for us to try!

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    1. Yes I love pickled beets in salad, mind you I love it straight out of the jar and on sandwiches and wraps too. Yum!

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  5. This sounds like such a wonderful salad dressing! I need to make it!

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  6. This looks so cool and refreshing. This is going to be a great lunch today!

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  7. This looks so refreshing and filling! This will make a great lunch today!

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    1. Yes it's a pretty filling salad and very tasty too.

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  8. I adore beets! And this salad features them perfectly. I will be making this soon!

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  9. This is one of the most refreshing, creative combinations for salad I've seen in a long time, I can't wait to taste it :)

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is good to try new flavours I think to keep things interesting.

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  10. Omgosh, I love beet and grape salads...need to try your herbed yogurt dressing! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Oh good, glad it's not just me. Do try the dressing, I think you will like it.

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  11. My favorite part about salads is that they can be healthy, filling, and composed of fresh flavors all into one dish.

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    1. Oh yes that is my favourite thing about salads too and they are so quick to throw together.

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