26 Beet Recipes That Celebrate This Earthy, Vibrant Vegetable

bundle of colorful beets
Justin Walker

Are you a fan of beets? We think these colorful bundles are a real package deal. Whether you go for gold or red, the roots pack nearly four grams of fiber per cup and the leaves contain potassium, calcium, and iron. Our recipes bring out the natural flavor of beets and add vibrancy to every dish. If you're not a fan of beets' famously bright hues, cover your work surfaces. Then start peeling, slicing, and grating. The key to peeling beets is rubbing a towel against their skin soon after they've cooked but are still warm. The skin should come off easily without breaking the beet.

Fresh, flavorful beets are easy to find, especially from late spring through fall. Look for beets that are firm and not too big, with taut, smooth skins and greens that look fresh enough to eat (in fact, beet greens are edible, too). If you can, snap up tender baby beets—they cook faster and taste sweeter. To store, cut the greens from the roots, leaving an inch of stem attached, and place the parts in separate plastic bags and refrigerate. Beet roots will last at least a month, but you should use the greens within three or four days. Once the greens start to wilt, it's a sign you should toss them out (or compost!).

Now get to work! Beets are most popular in savory recipes, but don't underestimate their power to add moistness and a fudgy texture to desserts, too. You can also use beets to dye foods, as well. While we usually steer clear of getting too comfortable with this technique, sometimes it's worth embracing. It can transform the color of ingredients to match its deep purple hue. When used on salmon, for example, beet dye turns the peach flesh into a lovely burgundy hue. It's an absolute show stopper when made for a crowd.

Of course, the best and most common ways to use beets are to steam or roast the beets, then slice or dice them for toast, salads, or whirred into a creamy soup. If you're ready to add more beets your meals, we're sharing our most spectacular recipes to inspire you.

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Raw-Beet and Celery-Root Salad

raw beet celery root salad
Justin Walker

This colorful salad looks like a sunset with its thin slices of red onion, matchstick beets, fresh parsley leaves, and giant shavings of Parmesan cheese. Beets are a top source of plant-based iron; pairing them with citrus helps your body absorb the nutrient.

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Caramelized Beet-Lentil Pilaf

caramelized beet lentil pilaf
Justin Walker

When you're craving a healthy lunch or dinner on the weekends, this is it. Grated beets are simmered with rice and lentils. Together, they provide 10 grams of fiber per serving.

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Sautéed Beet Greens

Linda Pugliese

This clean-eating, super quick side dish makes good use of nearly four cups of torn beet leaves finished with the lightest-ever vinaigrette.

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Beet Muhammara

beet muhammara in bowl
The Ingalls

Looking for a departure from creamy, mayonnaise-based dips? This vegan dip is made from a flavorful combination of walnuts, red beets, garlic, olive oil, and spices. Serve with crudités or pita.

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Smoked-Salmon Flatbread with Pickled Beet

Smoked-Salmon Flatbread with Pickled Beet
Jenny Huang

Quick-pickled beets bring our brunch time version of a lox bagel to new heights. Other elements of the appetizer include garlic-herb cheese and smoked salmon, which are layered over store-bought pizza dough (a welcome time saver!).

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Beet-and-Carrot Juice Salad

Beet-and-Carrot Juice Salad topped with mint
Kate Mathis

There are more nutrients in this crunchy salad than in a daily juice. Beets, carrots, and Granny Smith apples are peeled and julienned, then tossed with fresh mint leaves and a ginger-lemon dressing.

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Escarole, Beet, and Cherry-Tomato Salad

escarole beet cherry tomato salad
Lennart Weibull

This salad has it all: color, crunch, and flavor, thanks to beets, escarole, funky slices of blue cheese, and a light lemony vinaigrette.

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Beet-and-Dill Roasted Wild Salmon

beet dill wild roasted salmon
Anson Smart

Here's an impressive main. Layer a mixture of grated beets, dill, horseradish, and lemon zest on top of an entire side of wild salmon for 30 minutes. The resting time infuses the fish with tons of flavor and a rich pinkish-purple hue that is guaranteed to wow guests.

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Warm Duck Salad with Caramelized Beets

Warm Duck Salad with Caramelized Beets recipe
Lennart Weibull

Looking for the perfect vegetable to accompany a rich, meaty duck? Beets are the answer. Here, they're roasted and caramelized for extra sweetness and tossed with grapefruit pieces and citrus juices.

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Gingery Beet Soup

gingery beet soup
Johnny Fogg

Just right for a cold winter day, this vegetarian soup is creamy and comforting thanks to a combination of cooked red beets and Yukon Gold potatoes.

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Beet-and-Tahini Dip

Julia Gartland

Classics never go out of style but it's always fun to give them an update. In this take on hummus, swap in red or golden beets for chickpeas, which add an earthy flavor.

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Beet Noodles with Parsley Pesto and Parmesan

beet noodles with parsley pesto and parmesan
Armando Rafael

Rather than pasta noodles, this recipe uses healthy spiralized beet noodles. They add an earthy flavor and dramatic hue to your dinner bowl. Finish the dish off with more traditional pasta toppings such as pesto and Parmesan cheese.

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Potato-and-Pickled-Beet Salad

potato and pickled beet salad
Ryan Liebe

Skip the mayo and add a bit of tang with this take on the ever-popular potato salad that's vegan to boot. If you're planning to bring this to a party, make it up to two days in advance so all you have to do on the day is transport it and serve.

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Beet Farinata

beet farinata in skillet
Dana Gallagher

Farinata is an unleavened pancake made from chickpea flour—so it's gluten-free. Bake it in a cast-iron skillet, then top with a fresh mixture of thinly sliced beets, chopped anchovies, and fresh basil leaves.

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Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake

fudgy chocolate beet cake
Jonathan Lovekin

Steamed beets add moisture to this rich chocolate cake, but their earthy flavor certainly doesn't take away from the decadence of this sweet treat. Thanks to spelt flour, this cake has a bonus dose of fiber, protein, and vitamins.

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Slow-Roasted Salmon Salad with Barley and Golden Beets

Slow-Roasted Salmon Salad with Barley and Golden Beets
Gentl and Hyers

The salmon in this recipe is delicious, but golden beets are the real star of the meal. They're sliced super-thin on a mandoline and stir-fried with scallions until they begin to caramelize. Toss the vegetable with barley before serving to play up its already earthy and nutty flavors.

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Roasted-Carrot-and-Beet Tart

Bryan Gardner

Consider serving this tart for a holiday feast like Thanksgiving, or any special dinner party. The gorgeous hues of roasted carrots and purple beets pop against a nutty cilantro-based sauce known as chermoula.

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Grapefruit and Vinegar-Roasted Beets with Salsa Verde

Armando Rafael

Talk about a beauty! The contrast of juicy tart grapefruits and sweet baby beets is absolutely delectable.

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Seared Beets with Turmeric-Tahini Broccoli and Salmon

seared beets with turmeric-tahini broccoli and salmon
Ryan Liebe

In this healthy entrée, beets are treated like a juicy piece of steak. They're cut into slices and seared until the center is tender and the exterior is crisp. Serve the crunchy slices with salmon and broccoli cooked on a sheet pan, and drizzle our tahini-lime juice-turmeric sauce on top before serving.

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Green Salad with Roasted Beets and Pickled Rhubarb

Green Salad with Roasted Beets and Pickled Rhubarb
Kate Sears

Eating a diet rich in color is the perfect way to pack in some nutrition and this salad does just that. Roasted beets are mixed with pickled rhubarb and tender lettuces, making a simple spring salad that shines when tossed with a mustard-dill dressing.

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Beets with Greens and Ricotta on Toast


Have avocado toast fatigue? This recipe will give your usual breakfast a major upgrade. Ground coffee is sprinkled over beets to temper their sweetness and bring out the earthy flavors. Once roasted, slice the beets and serve over toast spread with ricotta cheese.

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Roasted Beets with Dill-and-Chive Yogurt Dressing

Christopher Testani

When you want color and crunch, this stunning salad should do the trick. Sliced roasted beets are topped with mini cucumbers, green apple slices, and jalapeño peppers. Garnish with a fragrant creamy dill dressing.

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Roasted Beet and Dandelion Greens Salad

Christina Holmes

Goodbye arugula, hello dandelion greens! They star alongside red, golden, and Chioggia beets in this roasted-meets-raw salad. Toasted cumin seeds add a flavorful finishing touch.

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Beet, Cheddar, and Apple Tarts

beet cheddar apple tarts
Bryan Gardner

Thinly sliced beets add beautiful color to these small tarts, which are just the right size for appetizers. Use store-bought puff pastry for the easiest, fastest shells ever.

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Beet and Yogurt with Pickled Rose Petals

Richard Banks

Bursting with hues of purple from two types of baby beets and rose petals, this yogurt is the perfect thing to serve with homemade Poppy-Seed Lavash or a store-bought lavash.

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Roasted Golden-Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad

Raymond Hom

A crumbled, soft-ripened goat cheese, such as Humboldt Fog, provides a hit of tang and freshness in this delicate summer salad. And while avocado adds richness, golden radishes imparts an earthy, nutty flavor. It's the perfect balance.

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