Fall In Love With Beets

beets freshly harvested from my garden last spring

The beet is an underappreciated wonder of the root vegetable world, passed over by shoppers in search for the common carrots and potatoes, and scorned by young children forced to eat them by hopeful, health-conscious parents. I know – I was one such beet-hating child, even though I willingly ate most any vegetable placed in front of me. After one bite of a canned beet, I grew up thinking that I hated beets, and steered clear until I was in my thirties.

It was then that I decided I would try again. Never having had a fresh beet, I opted to try them out. I roasted them for a beet and orange salad. Suddenly, I understood. It was as if I’d discovered some hidden treasure – a gorgeous, vibrant sweet beauty hidden underneath, just waiting to be coaxed out. These beets were sweet, earthy, and packed full of a luscious flavor unlike anything else.

Now, I adore beets and use them in all sorts of versatile ways. And why not? Beets are very nutritious – a great source of fiber, folate, and manganese, have anti-inflammatory properties, and provide great detoxification support. (For more about the health benefits of beets, check out The World’s Healthiest Foods.) I love knowing that something so gorgeous and vibrant can be so healthy.

Want to know what to make with beets? Try on any of these beet-ful recipes for size. They’re sure to turn anyone into a beet-lover for sure!

Un-Beetable Smoothie

Fresh Beet Juice

Beet and Orange Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Raw Summer Beet Slaw

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

Creamy Avocado Kale Power Salad with Citrus and Beets

Beet & Parsnip Soup with Cashew Cream

Homemade Rustic Vegetable Soup

Beet Burgers

Spice-Crusted Salmon with Roasted Ginger Beets

Beet, Almond and Chocolate Truffles

Red Velvet Pancakes with Maple Cashew Cream

Do you like beets? What are your favorite dishes to make with beets?

Alta is the founder of the gluten-free, dairy-free blog, Tasty Eats At Home. Even without gluten and dairy, Alta can show you that meals can be simple and healthy, and treats such as cake, bread, and cookies can be mouth-watering! Her goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.

14 Responses to Fall In Love With Beets

  • Ricki says:

    I love, love, love beets! Very underappreciated (but I guess that means more for me!). Thanks for this, Alta, and the fabulous list of recipes here!

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    Alta Reply:

    @Ricki, You are most welcome, Ricki! I love me some beets too!

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  • Kathryn says:

    Love seeing so many links! I’m with Ricki, I can’t get enough of them. I didn’t try them until I was 50 and have been making up for lost time ever since. We grate them into salads, puree them into chocolate cookie bars and eat raw slices as snacks.

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    Alta Reply:

    @Kathryn, I love that you’re making up for lost time! :) I love them raw on salads. My new favorite way to enjoy them.

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  • Lily says:

    I’m definitely in the “tried the canned and hated them” group. I’m going to have to give them a try. Thanks for all the ideas!

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    Alta Reply:

    @Lily, Let us know what you think!

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  • Under-appreciated but so delish! I plan to make something with them for a festive Valentine’s treat. :)

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    Alta Reply:

    @Hallie @ Daily Bites, They definitely are a festive color. :)

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  • Alisa says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t had a beet in months! Those beet burgers might get me back in the groove! Thanks for linking up!

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    Alta Reply:

    @Alisa, I have made Ricki’s beet burgers before and they’re tasty!

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  • Maggie Savage says:

    Thanks for sharing my soup Alta! I am such a huge beet lover too!

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    Alta Reply:

    @Maggie Savage, you’re welcome! I need to try it while the Weser is still chilly!

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  • Trisha says:

    I just “discovered” fresh beets about a year ago and I love them! My favorite way to eat them is to slice them thin and roast them with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar. It really brings out the sweetness and tones down the dirt flavor. I can’t wait to try some of your beet recipes!

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    Alta Mantsch Reply:

    @Trisha, I love balsamic vinegar with beets! Thanks for reminding me of that awesome combo.

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