July 14, 2020

20 Beet Recipes You Simply Can't Beat

A collage of beet recipes including salad, roasted, mini muffins, lemonade, and soup.
Photos courtesy of Day in the Life on the Farm, Savory Moments, House of Nash Eats, and That Recipe.

A collection of 20 beet recipes you simply can't beat! This time of year beets are popping up in people's CSA baskets, farmers' markets, and there are so many ways to enjoy them other than simply steaming.

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Beets have a long season and will start being available in early summer and continue to grow locally into the early fall. I use beets all year round. One of my favorite things to do is to blend up a cooked and peeled beet into a smoothie in the morning with some frozen berries.

Beets are naturally sweet, but also have a deep earthy flavor. They tend to be one of those foods people either love or they hate, but I think it's one of those vegetables that people may have not had prepared well in the past, so they feel like they don't like them.

So here are a bunch of recipe ideas to use your beets this season! Red beets, golden beets, striped (chioggia) beets - they are all delicious. Red beets definitely give food a lovely color, and golden beets tend to be a bit milder in flavor. And, don't forget that you can eat the beet greens, too!

Pickled golden beets presented on a small plate.
Pickled Golden Beets. Photo courtesy of Cindy's Recipes and Writings.

Drinks and Snacks

Beets add lovely color and flavor to drinks, dips, and more. Pickled beets are always a classic, and these ones are made with golden beets.
Beet Lemonade from Savory Moments
Beet & Goat Cheese Savory Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Finished plate of savory beet and goat cheese macarons. 

Beet and Goat Cheese Savory Macarons. Photo courtesy of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures.

Pickled Golden Beets from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Beet Hummus w/ Feta from Savory Moments

A bowl of beet hummus with some being scooped onto a pita cracker.
Beet Hummus with Feta from Savory Moments.

Salads and Side Dishes

There are so many ways to use beets in salads and other side dishes. You can even use them to give a fun color to biscuits! They pair wonderfully with spinach and other greens as well as potatoes, apples, goat cheese, dill, and more.

Russian Style Beet Salad from Cooking with Carlee
Roasted Beets w/ Garlic-Potato Spread (Pantzaria me Skordalia) from House of Nash Eats
Beet Potato Salad from The Spiffy Cookie
Creamy Beet & Apple Salad from Savory Moments
Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad from Palatable Pastime
Warm Beets w/ Horseradish & Dill Sour Cream from Savory Moments
Beet Biscuits from The Spiffy Cookie
Mixed Greens w/ Roasted Golden Beets & Lemon Vinaigrette from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Roasted Beet Salad w/ Goat Cheese & Pistachios from House of Nash Eats
Beet Greens w/ Roasted Garlic from Palatable Pastime

Beet greens with roasted garlic presented on a white plate.
Beet Greens with Roasted Garlic. Photo courtesy of Palatable Pastime.

Main Dishes

Beets can make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner extra special and creative! Soup, pancakes, pizza, and more.

Easy Homemade Borscht from That Recipe
Beet Pancakes from Savory Moments
Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza (Beetza) from The Spiffy Cookie
Israeli Veggie Skewers from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Beet Gnocchi with Arugula Basil Pesto from The Spiffy Cookie

A bowl of beet gnocchi with arugula and basil pesto finished with an arugula salad.
 Beet Gnocchi with Arugula Basil Pesto. Photo courtesy of The Spiffy Cookie.

Sweet Treats

Beets pair really well with chocolate. Their natural sweetness and touch of earthy flavor add a little something special to chocolate baked goods.

Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins from Savory Moments

Chocolate beet mini muffins on plate.

What's your favorite way to enjoy beets? I hope you find some inspiration from this list and give a new recipe or two a try! Let me know in the comments below. 

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This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated in 2022 to improve reader experience. 

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  1. I adore beets, esp. freshly roasted right out of the oven tastes so darn good. Thanks for taking time to the roundup! They look wonderful.

  2. Hooray for more beet recipes! I'm the only beet fan in my family, but I really wouldn't want to share anyway :)

  3. Really, really like beets. You've got some great recipes here -- thanks so much. :-)

  4. I love beets, and can't have enough great ways to eat them!

  5. Amy
    Of late I've been beet-struck. I'm making every salad, raita and chapati with beet for the lovely colour. Your recipes sound a great beet addition/addiction to me. Thanks

  6. Oh...I have not had beets for a while...thanks for the links...will have to try them all as we love beets.
    Have a great week ahead!

  7. Loving all these creative uses, especially those macarons!


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