Upside-down beet tower

Upside-down beet tower

Green Kitchen Travels

Even if this dish has no obvious relation to Mexico, it is inspired by one that we had at a restaurant there. After too many days of tacos, burritos and enchiladas, this fresh salad seemed almost too good to be true. Beetroot, lettuce, carrots and avocado are shredded, mixed with lime, herbs and olive oil, stuffed into a container, turned out onto a plate and topped with goats’ cheese. It’s a different way to enjoy a salad and the method can be adapted to any set of ingredients.


Quantity Ingredient
5 large lettuce leaves
4 raw beetroot
2 carrots
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red onion
5 cherry tomatoes
3 avocados
1 handful coriander leaves
or 1 handful flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
1-2 limes, juiced
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
4-8 slices goat cheese
or 4-8 slices sheeps’ cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 handful pea sprouts


  1. Coarsely chop the lettuce leaves and place in a large mixing bowl. Peel the beetroot and carrots and grate on a box grater on the coarsest side, or use the grating attachment on a food processor. Slice the cucumber, onion and tomatoes very thinly. Halve, stone, peel and dice the avocados. Chop the herbs. Add all the prepared ingredients to the mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, the juice of 1 lime and salt and pepper. Toss well, using your hands, so everything is coated in oil and lime and has a nice purple colour. Taste and add more lime juice if necessary.
  2. Pack a quarter of the salad mixture tightly into a ramekin dish or dariole mould. Place a serving plate on top of the container and carefully invert, then slowly remove the container. Top the veggie tower with 1 or 2 slices of goats’ cheese (if using), toasted pine nuts and pea sprouts. Make 3 more towers in the same way. Enjoy!
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