Cooking with Beets

Enjoy our favorite beet recipes for dishes with earthy flavor and great meaty texture.

The Beauty of Beets

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The Beauty of Beets

Fresh beets offer great color, flavor, and texture, but preparing them can be intimidating. Use our beets guide for helpful prep tips and put this spring and fall vegetable to good use in a variety of yummy recipes.

First up is Winter Salad with Roasted Beets and Citrus Reduction Dressing. Don’t say you don’t like beets until you’ve tried them roasted. A tip for avoiding a horror scene in the kitchen: Use thin latex gloves to rub the skins off roasted beets hot from the oven so hands don’t get stained. This salad combines the glorious colors of red and golden beets with a tangy citrus dressing. The earthiness of the beets is a good contrast to the bright and bitter greens, too.

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Beet and Brown Rice Sliders

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Beet and Brown Rice Sliders

If you roast beets for another recipe, make one or two extra to save a step in this slider recipe the next night. A seemingly unusual mix of flavors comes together well in a neat presentation that will wow your burger-loving guests.

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Potato-Beet Gnocchi

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Potato-Beet Gnocchi

Using both the greens and the root of the beet is especially smart and nutritious. In this case, it also makes for beautiful presentation. Bull’s Blood is a favorite variety, grown sometimes as an ornamental in fall containers, though it’s entirely edible; Detroit Dark Red is one we’ve grown (to love) in the Cooking Light garden.

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Beet Wellingtons

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Beet Wellingtons

Pair these sophisticated but earthy delights with a fresh spinach salad and a scrumptious tart for a complete vegetarian meal.

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Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup

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Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup

This soup is tart, just sweet enough, and hearty, though not a protein powerhouse. If you want to pump up the protein, increase the walnuts or serve with a salad of greens, nuts, and goat cheese.

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Golden Beet, Greens, and Potato Torta

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Golden Beet, Greens, and Potato Torta

Sophisticated, delicious, and worthy of a special occasion–make this tall, flaky pie the centerpiece for a family gathering.

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Beet Salad Pizza

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Beet Salad Pizza

Golden beets adorn this pizza that's layered with arugula, crumbled goat cheese, and shaved Parmesan and prosciutto. Pre-made pizza dough provides a jump-start to this recipe–look for it at your local market.

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Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad

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Beet, Blood Orange, Kumquat, and Quinoa Salad

This hearty grain salad featuring blood orange sections, beets, kumquats, and avocado is brimming with rich colors, textures, and nutrients from the vitamin- and protein-packed ingredients.

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Easy Pickled Beets

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Easy Pickled Beets

Just six ingredients go into this easy sweet-and-sour pickled beets side dish. Use a mix of red and golden beets, if you like.

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Beet and Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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Beet and Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Add black-eyed peas to your table with this colorful salad that combines them with beets, feta cheese, and toasted pecans. To save time, substitute 3 cups of canned black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained, for the dried peas. You could also use canned beets instead of fresh.

View Recipe: Beet and Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Roasted Beets with Jalapeño Cream

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Roasted Beets with Jalapeño Cream

A creamy jalapeño dressing livens up earthy roasted beets. Seed the pepper for less heat.

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Rosé and Raspberry Pickled Beets

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Rosé and Raspberry Pickled Beets

Well worth the wait, these pickled beets have an intense flavor and super sweet aroma.

View Recipe: Rosé and Raspberry Pickled Beets

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