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carrot and beet slaw with black rice and avocado


A few weekends ago I turned thirty. It was a lovely day spent away from farm chores and the chaos that comes from our high season. I was lucky enough to escape to Portland and be with family and friends. And while I love my family and friends dearly, the highlight for me was the food!

My mom prepared a delicious spread featuring produce from our farm. All of the food was outstanding. However, there is one dish that I could not get off my mind all week long. My mom knows how near and dear carrots and beets are to me and she did not disappoint by making my new favorite dish.


Carrots and beets are pretty much the main reason I got into farming. I could live off of these two vegetables for the rest of my life and not get sick of them! I may turn a weird shade of purple/orange but I wouldn’t care. True love knows no boundaries!


Picking beets on a hot summer morning is pretty much my heaven!


My mom got her recipe for carrot and beet slaw from the September issue of Bon Appetit.  When I got home I toyed around with the recipe and turned the slaw into a main course by adding rice and avocado for a well rounded meal. This tasted awesome as a side dish without the rice and avocado but I wanted to ramp things up. Besides, I’m all about one dish meals and this is it!  I adjusted some of the measurements and ingredients but the inspiration comes from Ava Gene’s restaurant in Portland ,OR featured in the September Bon Appetit.  This meal deserves to be enjoyed with a glass of red wine and your favorite pandora station playing in the background. Grab a fork and dig in!

A quick note, this meal tasted even better the next day. The longer the flavors marinate the better. Also, the black rice I use is Heirloom Forbidden Rice I love it!

Carrot And Beet Slaw With Black Rice and Avocado

Prep Time: 15 mins.    Cook Time: 30 mins.    Serves: 4

  • 1/2 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 white wine vinegar
  • 4 medium sized carrots, julienned
  • 2 medium sized beets, scrubbed clean and julienned
  • 1 bunch of parsley, tough stems removed and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, diced
  • 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked black rice (I used Heirloom Forbidden Rice), at room temperature
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into small cubes
  • Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste


  1. Cook rice and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add pistachios and toast until lightly brown. About 3-5 minutes. Stir often. Remove from heat, coarsely chop and set aside.
  3. Combine garlic, vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk to combine.
  4. In a large bowl toss the carrots, beets, pistachios, parsley, mint, raisins and vinegar mixture. Slowly add olive oil. Toss gently.
  5. Serve over black rice and top with avocado. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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15 thoughts on “carrot and beet slaw with black rice and avocado

  1. glad you got to get away and have a great time for your birthday! this dish looks pretty amazing. I was pretty much sold when I saw “beet slaw” but i love that there is pistachios in this too.

    1. Andrea says:

      The pistachios are a great addition!

  2. Beets and carrots are totally my jam! I’m all over this dish. And how cute are you planting a kiss on those fresh beets! 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      If you love beets and carrots definitely try this slaw. It’s a keeper!

  3. Julia says:

    Gotta love mommas for finding delicious recipes! I love beet slaw and the recipe looks amazing – pistachios…raisins…mint?? UGH so good! Gorgeous and delicious as always, my friend!

    1. Andrea says:

      Moms are the best at finding great recipes!

  4. Haley says:

    Wow! This looks great!
    Check out my new vegetarian and healthy cooking blog, hopefully soon to feature some of my attempts at your recipes!

    1. Andrea says:


  5. Loving your happy garden pictures, they make me smile!

    1. Andrea says:

      Glad you are liking the photos!

    2. Andrea says:

      so glad you are loving the photos!

  6. Kristin Harris says:

    Andrea, loved the article in SELF. congrats. Now I know someone soon to be famous. I made your corn fritters last night for dinner and had the leftovers this morning topped with poached egg and the zucchini salsa. Delicious! . Is a food cart in the future? Hope to see you at Market before end of season

    1. Andrea says:

      come out and visit us anytime! XO

  7. Angie says:

    Hey there,

    We just had this amazing dish for dinner!! I just wanted to send a note to say you might want to look back over the recipe as there are some differences between the ingredient list and the instructions. Things like the mint and the golden raisins… Maybe I’m missing something but if it were me, I’d want someone to tell me 🙂

    This dish, like every other thing we’ve made from your site, is a work of simple perfection!

    Thanks for all you do to save us all from boring meals!!



    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for the heads up!!! I LOVE when people catch things I’ve missed so definitely let me know anytime you see an error (it happens often-I blame lack of sleep!) I am editing the recipe now. So happy you enjoyed this dish as much as we did!

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