This Vegan Beet Poke Salad is gorgeous! It’s a veggie-packed dish that looks like poke, but has beets instead of raw fish! It is delicious, healthy, and even Whole30! This salad is grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, so it suits all diets!
I have to be honest with you: I have no idea if this Vegan Beet Poke Salad tastes like real poke. Poke, in case you didn’t know, is kind of like sushi in a bowl. It has raw fish, which I am definitely not a fan of. I live in a landlocked state, so obviously I don’t have great access to fresh fish. The one time I had sushi, it had cooked fish or crab or something — not raw. Plus, I have friends who have had nasty experiences with poke. I’m not willing to risk it! If I got food poisoning from something as benign as coconut milk, I don’t want to think about what I’d get from raw fish!
Enter this Vegan Beet Poke Salad! It doesn’t have any fish — obviously, since it’s vegan! The beets are supposed to be the “fish,” but they don’t taste like fish at all. This is not much more than a super-fresh salad; it is full of kale, cucumber, and other crisp vegetables!
You can certainly add rice to the bottom, but I stuck with broccoli and kale. If you don’t like kale, feel free to sub it out! I would not, however, take out the avocado or orange. These two ingredients add so much flavor: the orange (I used a blood orange) is sweet, and the avocado is creamy! The orange and avocado really elevate this from a normal salad to a poke-like dish.
Like I said, I’ve never had real poke, so I can’t attest to this one’s accuracy. It does look a lot like real poke, though! I used one normal beet and one yellow beet in this recipe, and I loved them both! I think I like golden (yellow) beets better, because a) they don’t stain everything they touch and b) they’re slightly sweeter and less strong in flavor. They’re perfect in this Vegan Beet Poke Salad!
I also used a blood orange rather than a normal orange because we had them on hand and I think they’re beautiful! I have a thing for fruit that looks like jewels, as I mentioned in this Instagram post. Who can resist a piece of fruit this beautiful?!
My favorite part of this recipe is the fact that it looks like a rainbow in a bowl. Does anyone else try to follow the rule of “eating the rainbow” (and no, I’m not talking about Skittles)? Basically, you try to get food of every color on your plate. Unless you eat blueberries on the reg, I would think that blue is hard to find. That’s okay, though — we all know the most important color is green!
Back to this salad: not only is it delicious and healthy, it is beautiful. I hope you make it and love it!