Spring time! And my backyard is full of violets – a common weed. And as with almost all weeds, violets are a medicinal plant.

Violets, beets, and pea shoot salad

They are traditionally used for their anti-inflammatory properties to help migraines, skin problems and joint pain. Even if you don’t have any of these issues you can certainly enjoy their beauty and high nutrient content. Don’t they look gorgeous on top of this salad? The leaves are also edible and delicious when young and soft.

Beets are loaded with nutrients and phytonutrients. They promote regularity, support liver functioning , and alkalize blood.  Nutritionist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., noted that the pink color of urine after consuming the beets might indicate iron deficiency and the beet color of stools indicate sufficient iron. You can also use beet to figure out your transit time.

Violets, Beets and Pea Shoots Salad


1 large red beet
Handful of pea shoots
1 Tbsp walnuts or pine nuts
Several fresh mint leaves, torn
2 Tbsp Classic French Dressing
Soft goat cheese (optional)
Violets (optional)


  1. Peel and thinly slice the beets, then cut the slices into matchsticks.
  2. Combine the beets, nuts and cheese (if using) with vinaigrette and mix well.
  3. Add the pea shoots and the violets, toss lightly and enjoy!