Ode to Beets: 150+ Reasons to Love this Root Veggie

Beets, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

Beets are definitely one of my favorite vegetables. One of the most amazing things about them is how good they are for your health. They are loaded with nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, & phosphorus. They also provide fiber and antioxidants.

This root veggie also has some medicinal benefits. It helps to cleanse the liver and can be helpful for promoting healthy digestion. Because beets contain nitrates they aid in improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and can even boost stamina so you can excerise longer. They also contain betaine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid that helps to protect the body from environmental stress.

Beets contain several minerals that are essential to healthy nerve and muscle function and promote bone, liver, pancreas,and kidney health. They also contain B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

Beet greens are extremely healthy too. They are an important source of essential nutrients, like vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. They also contain more iron than spinach and are a good source of fiber and protein.

In addition to being super healthy, beets are also really tasty and versatile. They are a great addition to soups, pastas, salads, juices, smoothies, and even make lovely desserts and condiments.

Below are 150 recipes to help you fall in love with beets. If you’re already a beet lover, some of these recipes may be familiar, but there’s also a lot of fun, unique recipes that will have you wanting to eat beets for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Enjoy!

[BREAKFAST]

1. Beet Hashbrowns from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

2. Beet & Chia Pancakes from The New York Times

3. Chocolate Beet Muffins from Cake Student

4. Beet Hash Breakfast Wraps from Reclaiming Provincial

Photo credit: Reclaiming Provincial

5. Pink Breakfast Bowl from Ricki Heller

6. Roasted Beet, Baby Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche from Food52

7. Red Flannel Hash Cakes from Martha Stewart

8. Beet & Carrot Muffins from Hidden Ponies

9. Breakfast Beet Shakshuka from The Whole Tara

Photo Credit: The Whole Tara

10. Beet Crust Leek Quiche from Prevention

11. Spanish Style Beet & Carrot Egg Sandwich from Food & Wine

12. Blueberry Beet Pancakes from Kiss My Broccoli

Photo Credit: Kiss My Broccoli

13. Red Flannel Hash from Eating Well

[LUNCH]

14. Beet & Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Lime & Yogurt from Dishing Up the Dirt

15. Beet & Avocado Quinoa Sushi Rolls with Miso Sesame Dipping Sauce from Oh My Veggies

Photo Credit: Oh My Veggies

 

16. Chickpea, Beet & Apple Panini from Vegetarian Times

17. Roasted Eggplant & Pickled Beet Sandwhich from Bon Appétit

18. Falafel, Beetroot, & Goat Cheese Wrap from Tinned Tomatoes

19. Beet Green Pesto Panini with Roasted Beets from Dishing up the Dirt

20. Smoky Vegetarian Beet Reubens by Food & Wine

21. Collard Beet Wraps with Hummus & Sprouts from Oh My Veggies

Photo Credit: Oh My Veggies

22. Roasted Beet, Arugula & Goat Cheese Panini from Dishing Up the Dirt
[SNACKS & APPETIZERS]

23. Beet & Sweet Potato Fries from Taste of Home

24. Beet Tartare from Bon Appétit

25. Beet Tzatziki with Garlicky Almond Crackers from Dishing Up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

26. Golden Beet & Blue Cheese Dip from Vegetarian Times

27. Beet Pretzel Twists Stuffed with Cheese & Pistachio Pesto from Club Narwhal

28. Pickled Beets from Martha Stuart

29. Bruschetta with Quick-Roasted Beets & Garlic-Wilted Beet Greens from Vegetarian Times

30. Roasted Beet Crostini with Pistachio Mint Pesto from Dishing up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

31. Butternut Beet & Ricotta Galette from Live Eat Learn

Photo Credit: Live Eat Learn

32. Beetroot Pakoda from Sharmi’s Passions

33. Beet & Carrot Dip from Food Network of Canada

34. Beet & Tumeric Sauerkraut from Reclaiming Yesterday

Photo Credit: Reclaiming Yesterday

35. Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Toast with Dill & Lemon from Dishing Up the Dirt

36. Roast Beef & Beet Nosh from Eating Well

37. Pasta Shells with Egg, Beet, & Arugula Salad from Vegetarian Times

38. Beetroot Rolls from My Little Moppet

39. Grilled Beet Baba Ghanoush from Bon Appétit

40. Pickled Beet Eggs with Za’atar from Dishing up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

 

41. Beetroot Tikki Patties from Indian Khana

42. Beet & Goat Cheese Terrine from Food Network of Canada

43. Za’atar Roasted Beet & Lentil Toast from Dishing Up the Dirt

44. Quick Pickled Beets from Eating Well

45. Herbed Beet Yogurt from  Bon Appétit

46. Beet Chips with Creamy Dill-Tahini Dip from Dishing Up the Dirt

[DINNER]

Main Dishes –

47. Beet, Kale & Blue Cheese Pizza from Dishing Up the Dirt

48. Beet Rice & Garlicky Kale Bowls from The Roasted Root

49. Beet & Black Bean Veggie Burger from The Kitchn

50. Beet & Chickpea Tacos from Dishing Up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

51. Beet Pasta Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts & Chives from The Italian Dish

52. Kale, Mushroom, & Beetroot Lasagna from Belleau Kitchen

53. Roasted Beet Mac & Cheese from The Realistic Nutritionist

54. Balsamic Roasted Beet & Walnut Pasta from Dishing Up the Dirt

55. Broccoli, Beet & Kale Brown Rice Bowls with Pesto from the Roasted Root

56. Roasted Root Veggie & Chicken Tacos with Chili Mayo from Things I Made Today

57. Beet Pesto Pizza from Dishing Up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

 

58. Beet Linguine with Cashew Ricotta from Vegetarian Times

59. Beet, Greens, & Cheddar Crumble from New York Times

60. Zucchini Pasta Noodles with Beets & Tahini Sauce from Dishing Up the Dirt

61. Roasted Halibut with Pickled Beets by Eating Well

62. Moroccan Spiced Beet Veggie Burgers with Herbed Goat Cheese from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

 

63. Beet & Chickpea Pasta with Lemon Tahini Sauce from Dishing up the Dirt

Side Dishes – 

64. Marinated Beets with Pistachios & Tarragon from Bon Appétit

65. Beet Mash from Food Network

66. Roasted Beets & Chickpeas with Tahini Sauce from Dishing Up the Dirt

67. Spicy Roasted Golden Beets from For the Love of Food

68. Beet Greens with Bacon from Martha Stuart

69. Roasted Beets & Brussel Sprouts with Za’atar from Dishing Up the Dirt

70. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Beets from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

71. Grilled Beets with Dilled Cucumbers from Martha Stuart

72. Pear & Beet Slaw from Eating Well

73. Roasted Carrots and Beets with Carrot top Pesto from Dishing up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

74. Shaved Beets with Orange from Martha Stuart

75. Mediterranean Beet & Feta Skillet Bake from Skinny Taste

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

76. Carrot & Beet Slaw with Black Rice & Avocado from Dishing Up the Dirt

77. Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Beets from The Roasted Root

78. Wine Braised Beets from Dishing Up the Dirt

79. Roasted Beets with Mint Yogurt Sauce from Martha Stuart

Salads-

80. Red Beet Salad from Skinny Taste

81. Roasted Beet & Berry Salad with Raspberry Fig Vinaigrette from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

 

82. Roasted Beet & Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette from Dishing Up the Dirt

83. Roasted Beet & Orange Panzanella Salad from Oh My Veggies

84. Roasted Beet Salad with Pea Shoots & Chèvre from Adventures in Cooking

Photo Credit: Adventures in Cooking

 

85. Beet & Sweet Potato Arugula Salad from Dishing Up the Dirt

86. Beet & Carrot Salad with Pistachios and Curry Dressing from Bon Appétit

87. Spring Clean Raw Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad from Oh She Glows

88.Beet Salad with Honey Horseradish Dressing from Food Network of Canada

89. Beet & Walnut Lentil Salad from Dishing up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

90. Sea Scallops, Arugula & Beet Salad from Skinny Taste

91. Beet, Apple & Orange Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette from Oh She Glows

92. Beet & Rye Panzanella from Bon Appétit

Photo Credit: Bon Appétit

93.Golden Beet & Asian Pear Salad from Vegetarian Times

94. Cumin Roasted Beets, Kale & Feta Salad from Food Network of Canada

95. Citrus Beet Salad with Avocado Lime Dresssing from Oh She Glows

96. Roasted Fennel & Beet Salad from Dishing Up the Dirt

97. Tomato Beet Salad from Martha Stewart

Photo Credit: Martha Stuart

 

98. Roasted Beet Salad with Peaches, Pluots, Blue Cheese & Walnuts from The Roasted Root

99. Golden Beet Salad with Shallots, Parsley & Orange Miso Dressing from Oh She Glows

100.Roasted Beet & Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing from Dishing Up the Dirt

101. Beet Salad with Miso & Black Sesame from Bon Appétit

Soups-
102. Beet Soup with Cashew Cream from Dishing up the Dirt

103. Golden Beet & Fennel Soup from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

104. Root Vegetable Stew with Herbed Dumplings from Eating Well

105. Beet, Ginger & Coconut Soup from Dishing Up the Dirt

106. Caramelized Onion & Beet Soup from Gobo Root

107. Borscht from Eating Well

108. Hunky Heartbeet Cabbage Soup from Oh She Glows

109. Beet & Tahini Soup with Pine Nut Za’atar from Dishing Up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

 

110. Roasted Garlic & Beet Soup from Martha Stewart
[SAUCES & SPREADS]

111. Beet Pesto from the Roasted Root

112. Beet Hummus from Dishing Up the Dirt

113. Roasted Beet Balsamic Mustard from Adventures in Cooking

Photo Credit: Adventures in Cooking

114. Spiced Balsamic Beet Compote by Vegetarian Times

115. Beet, Walnut & Honey Spread from Dishing Up the Dirt

Photo Credit: Dishing Up the Dirt

116. Beet Ketchup from Chatelaine

117. Horseradish Beet Sauce from MyRecipes

118. Beet & Blueberry Chutney from He Needs Food
[DRINKS]

119. Apple-Beet-Carrot-Ginger Juice from Dishing Up the Dirt

120. Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with Beets, Turmeric, & Ginger from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

 

121. Beet Latte from Archana’s Kitchen

122. Blueberry Beet Smoothie from Vegetarian Times

123. Beet Infused Margaritas with Rosemary Syrup from Urban Poser


124. Beetroot Hot Chocolate from Wildernessa

125. Fig & Beet Protein Smoothie from The Roasted Root

126. The Hot Pink Cocktail from Serious Eats

127. Orange Cardamom Beet Smoothie from Oh My Veggies

128. Beet Infused Vodka from Tasting Table

129. Neon Pink Smoothie/Juice from Oh She Glows

130. Beet Coconut Dream Smoothie from Dishing Up the Dirt

131. Ginger Beet Martini Cocktail from Salt & Wind

Photo Credit: Salt & Wind

 

132. Beet Berry Apple Chia Smoothie from The Roasted Root

133. Spicy Beet Bloody Mary from Country Living

134. Berry, Beet, Mint, Lime & Chia Smoothie from Bon Appétit

135. Beet Kvass from Nourishing Traditions


Ingredients:

  • 3 medium or 2 large organic beets, peeled & chopped coarsely (not shredded)
  • 1/4 cup whey
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • Filtered water

Directions:

Add beets, salt, & whey to a 2 quart glass container. Fill to the top with water. Stir well and cover securely (a cloth with elastic works well). Keep at room temperature for 2 or more days.

This recipe makes about 2 quarts of kvass.

After 2 days, you can begin drinking your kvass. You can use it as a substitute for vinegar in salad dressings, add it to soups, or enjoy it as a daily tonic. Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, recommends drinking 4 ounces of kvass in the morning and evening as a digestive aid and blood tonic.

If desired, reserve some of the liquid to use as your innoculant for your next batch instead of the whey.

136. Red Velvet Smoothie from Yuri Elkaim

137. Beet Lemonade from My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Photo Credit: My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

[DESSERT]

138. Dark Chocolate Beet Fudge from The Roasted Root

139. Beetroot Raspberry Popsicles from Supergolden Bakes

Photo Credit: Supergolden Bakes

 

140. Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Eating Well

141. Chocolate Beet Doughnuts from Vegan Insanity

142. Payard’s Beet Crème Brûlée from Vegetarian Times

143. Beet Simple Syrup from Better Nutrition

144. Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Coconut Frosting from The Roasted Root

145. Beet Panna Cotta & Meyer Lemon Mousse from Bon Appétit

146. Raw Lavender & Beet Cheesecake from Laura Miller

147. Beet Tart by Cooking Light

148. Cinnamon Beet Rolls from Gather and Dine

149. Chocolate Chunk Beet Ice Cream from Vegan Heaven

Photo Credit: Vegan Heaven

150. Chocolate Chip Beet Cookies from Food Fanatic

Resources & Inspiration :

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

“How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)” Elizabeth Barrett Browning. https://m.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/how-do-i-love-thee-sonnet-43

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4 thoughts on “Ode to Beets: 150+ Reasons to Love this Root Veggie

  1. Ricki March 2, 2017 / 12:02 am

    This is an incredible roundup of beet recipes! I adore beets pretty much any which way–can’t wait to dig in to some of these yummy ways to use them! Thanks so much for including my Pink Breakfast Bowl in your collection. 🙂

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    • Kristine March 2, 2017 / 2:58 am

      Thanks Ricki! As you can tell, I love beets too 🙂 Just stumbled upon your blog when writing this post and loved it! The Pink Breakfast bowls are such a good idea! I’m excited to try one

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  2. Julia March 2, 2017 / 12:48 am

    WOW! What an absolutely incredible roundup! There are so many delicious recipes here, I just don’t even know where to start! I definitely need to make my way through them. Thanks so much for including some of my recipes! xo

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    • Kristine March 2, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Julia! I’ve been following your blog for a few years and love trying out your recipes. Keep up the good work 🙂

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