After scooping up pea shoots at her farmers' market in Los Angeles, Sunset reader Andrea Kim started mentally composing a recipe as she shopped for other ingredients. We love this unusual combo of creamy avocado with crunchy shoots, earthy-sweet beets, and tangy lemon.
5 medium red beets, unpeeled
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 pound pea shoots, tough stems trimmed and shoots snipped into bite-size pieces
1/2 shallot, minced
1/2 bunch fresh chives, chopped (about 3 tbsp.)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 firm-ripe avocados, diced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub beets and put in a baking pan large enough to arrange them in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Cover with foil and roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a small, sharp knife, about 1 hour.
Cool beets until cool enough to handle. Peel and cut into 1/2-in.-thick wedges.
Combine pea shoots, shallot, chives, oil, lemon juice, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Top with beets, avocados, and pepper, tossing just to coat.
Make ahead: Roasted beets, up to 1 day (peel and slice just before making salad).