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Meatless Monday: Raw Beet & Cucumber Salad

I love salads. Last week I wanted a light dinner before going dancing and noticed two golden beets in my fridge. I decided to slice them using a mandoline and layer them with sliced cucumbers, and shallots on a bed of Boston lettuce. A simple drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice was the dressing. A bit of salt. Some pepper. Ribbons of basil.

No need to even use a fork: pick up the vegetable disks with your fingers! Imagine all the energy you'll use to chew ;)

Meatless Monday: Raw Beet & Cucumber Salad
Boston lettuce leaves
golden beets, scrubbed well, sliced into thin disks
English cucumber, thinly sliced
shallot, thinly sliced
olive oil
lemon juice
salt & pepper
basil leaves, cut into ribbons {chiffonade}

1. Layer Boston leaves on a plate. 
2. Make an appealing design with beet and cucumber slices.
3. Scatter shallot slices.
4. Drizzle your creation with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Top with basil.

This salad is pretty. It's perfect for Meatless Monday. It's vegan. It's raw. It's whole30 approved. Best thing? It's really refreshing and delicious.