Cooking with Beets
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.
Kale and Spinach Salad with Beets and Roasted Garlic-Citrus Vinaigrette
Filling half the plate with plants isn't as hard as you think. We make it easier with salty, crispy bacon—one piece is all it takes to elevate this bountiful bowl of fruits and vegetables.
Kale and Beet Salad with Salmon
White balsamic vinegar is slightly sweet; cider vinegar is tangier. Either will be delicious here. Canned salmon is an inexpensive, sustainable seafood option. Sub canned albacore tuna or 2 cooked salmon fillets.
Spring Beet and Pea Salad
Use your best olive oil to indulge both your veggies and your palate.
Beets, Snow Peas, and New Potatoes with Garlic-Parsley Skordalia
Roasted Beets with Dill
Here's a foolproof way to enjoy the earth's ruby gem. Tossed in lemon juice and sprinkled with dill, beets make a healthy, vibrant hummus topper.
Starting to slump? Snap out of it with this craveable combo of invigorating jalapeño, refreshing pineapple, and sweet beets, which naturally increase blood flow to the brain.
Roasted Red and Golden Beet Salad
This composed two-toned beet salad is a showstopping way to highlight the vegetable's natural beauty. We recommended dressing the red beets separately from the golden beets to preserve each one's rich jewel coloring (red beets aren't shy about spreading their natural beauty around).
We put a new twist on this hearty beet soup, using every part of the signature ingredient. Leafy beet greens take the place of borscht's traditional cabbage. You not only use the whole beet (less waste) but also get the most nutrition for your buck, as beet greens have nearly twice the fiber of other greens.
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.
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.
Pair these sophisticated but earthy delights with a fresh spinach salad and a scrumptious tart for a complete vegetarian meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roasted Beets with Jalapeño Cream
A creamy jalapeño dressing livens up earthy roasted beets. Seed the pepper for less heat.
Rosé and Raspberry Pickled Beets
Well worth the wait, these pickled beets have an intense flavor and super sweet aroma.
Roasted Beet Hummus
Spiced Pickled Beets
What a sweet addition to a summer veggie plate! Any kind of beets will work; we used golden ones for their lovely color. Although we love the softer flavor of white balsamic vinegar, you can also make this using 2 1/2 cups water mixed with 2 1/2 cups cider vinegar.
Broccoli, Beet, and Pickled Onion Salad
Pickled onions, feta, and capers add bright briny pop to an earthy beet and broccoli salad. Steam the broccoli while you are cooling and peeling the beets. Look for beets that are about 2 inches in diameter to match our steaming cook time. Don’t toss the broccoli stalks. They steam up even more tender and juicy than the florets.
Marinated Beet Salad
Baby beets—both red and gold—are tossed in a creamy citrus dressing for a downright delicious dinner.
Kale and Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
Together, hard-boiled eggs and walnuts give you the energy boost you need throughout the day. When you pair those two with pungent blue cheese and nutrient-dense kale and beets, you have one delicious, powerhouse salad.
Shaved Yellow Beets and Mint
Serve this colorful, healthier alternative to scalloped potatoes. The sweetness of the beets complements the cool flavor of fresh mint.
Chocolate Velvet Beet Cake
Golden Beet Soup with Toasted Grains
Toasted amaranth adds a nutty flavor that's truly delicious; sesame seeds make a good substitute.
Beet, Farro, and Watercress Salad with Fig Vinaigrette
Chock-full of naturally delicious ingredients like sweet, tender beets, crisp zucchini, chewy-tender farro, and crunchy almonds, this salad will quickly become your new go-to lunch this season. You can make it up to two days ahead; just leave out the watercress until shortly before serving.
Quinoa, Smoked Trout, and Beet Salad
Layering the elements of this flavor-bomb salad guarantees even distribution in every bite and makes for a lovely platter.
Beet Hummus with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
We love creating innovative hummus recipes, and Beet Hummus with Blue Cheese and Walnuts is no exception. This beautiful, crimson-colored dip is made with chickpeas, tahini, beets and garlic.
Smoked Barley, Beet and Grapefruit Salad
This CL-perfected stovetop technique makes smoking food easier than ever (though the salad is still tasty if you choose not to smoke the grains), and smoke is such a fun flavor to apply to unexpected ingredients like barley. A sweet vinaigrette, earthy beets, and the intense citrus twang of grapefruit balance the robust smoky hit of the grains for a memorable salad. To make sure you're getting the whole-grain version of barley, look for hulled, and skip past pearled.
Buttermilk-Beet Sherbet with Hazelnut Brittle
If carrots can go into cake, there's no reason beets can't make their way into ice cream. It's a stunning dessert—absurdly delicious with a gorgeous magenta huge.
Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese
If blood oranges aren't available, substitute 3 large navel oranges to retain the same fresh flavor in this spring salad.
Roasted Baby Beets with Creamy Goat Cheese Dip
If using multiple colors of beets, roast the red ones separately to keep their color from bleeding into the others.
Beet-Citrus Salad with Pistachios
This is a fresh, bright, zero-effort side, thanks to precooked beets and precut fresh citrus. It makes a fine accompaniment to grilled salmon, pork, or chicken.