Beets are one of those veggies that most people have to learn to love, but once you do there's no turning back. We all know that they make a great side dish, but did you know they're just as delicious at breakfast, in drinks or even in dessert?
In this ultimate guide to beet recipes you'll find information on different types of beets, how to buy and store them, why they're so healthy and tons and tons of different recipes. Make sure to check out the bottom of the post for some fun facts about beets.
Beet Recipes Index
Breakfast Beet Recipes Beet Soup Recipes
Appetizer Beet Recipes Beet Sandwich Recipes
Side Dish Beet Recipes Beet Salad Recipes
Main Dish Beet Recipes Beet Noodle Recipes Recipes
Dessert Beet Recipes Beet Greens Recipes
Drink Beet Recipes Beet Bread Recipes
Beet Condiment Recipes
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Types of Beets
Red beetroot is very common. There are all sorts of different varieties of red beets, but unless you're buying them from a farmer's market or directly from the farmer, you'll likely just see them labelled as ‘beets' or ‘red beets'.
Red beets have a habit of dying everything they come into contact with. If you're roasting them with golden beets, make sure to roast them separately, so they don't turn the golden ones red.
Golden or Yellow Beets
Golden beets are starting to become more common in grocery stores. They have a rusty orange skin and beautiful yellow flesh.
I find their flavour more mellow and less earthy than red beets, so they're great for someone who's uncertain about beet's distinctive flavour. They're also gorgeous on a plate beside red beets.
Striped or Chioggia Beets
Striped Beets have pretty rings of colour, similar to a candy cane. I like them best sliced paper thin and served raw so you can see their strips. Once you cook them, most of their bands of colour disappears.
Baby beets are simply young beets that have been pulled from the ground early. They're extra tender and a real treat. I like to roast them with both a few inches of their stems and their tails on; they're extra pretty this way.
Sugar beets are a variety of beet that is grown commercially for its high sugar content. They're white in colour and much larger than a typical cooking beet.
How to Buy and Store Beets
Ideally you want to look for beets with their leaves still attached. The freshest beets will have vibrant and healthy looking leaves and be relatively free of blemishes.
It's not always possible to buy beets with their leaves. If you ‘re buying beets without their leaves look for ones that feel very firm and have few blemishes. Also look at the top, this is the first spot you'll generally see signs of mold.
Once you bring them home, remove the leaves right away. The bigger leaves can be cooked like spinach, and the younger, smaller ones can be eaten raw in a salad.
The stems of beets are also delicious. Don't throw them away! They taste very similar to celery and can be used in its place. I love tossing a handful into my salads for some crunch.
The beetroot itself should be stored in a bag in your fridge. Do not wash them before storing.
While beets are best eaten fresh they will last for at least 2-3 weeks in your fridge. If you notice a spot of mold (a dark black spot) on a beet simply cut it off before roasting it.
Peeling Your Beets
While most people peel their beets, it is definitely not a must-do step. Just like with a potato, often a good scrub will do the trick.
Most recipes will tell you to roast the beets first and then peel them. I personally think this is crazy. Peeling beets is as easy as peeling potatoes, and if you do it before they're cooked it's a whole lot less messy.
Whether you peel before or after you cook them comes down to personal preference. Try it both ways and see which works best for you.
And don't panic if this is the first time your hands have been dyed beet red. By the time you finish cooking dinner (and have washed your hands a few times a long the way) the red colour will have washed off.
Beets are a cold weather crop that are typically planted about a month or so before the last frost. Depending on the climate you live in you may also be able to plant another crop at the end of summer to harvest in late fall.
If you live in a temperate climate, where it doesn't get warmer than 23 degrees (75 Fahrenheit) or colder than 10 degrees (50 Fahrenheit), then you'll be able to grow beets year-round.
Most beets take between 55-70 days to mature, depending on the variety.
Despite their sweet flavour beets are very low in carbs. They're also high in vitamin b, folate and are a good source of many minerals.
Arguably the best thing about beets is that they're high in nitrate which, when your body processes the nitrate in beets, gets converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes your blood vessels and, as a result, increases circulation.
There's tons of research showing that nitric oxide can do everything from reducing your blood pressure, to giving you more energy, to helping your body recover after a workout. It's also been known to work as a natural Viagra.
- Beet Hash with Eggs :: by Whole Living
- Beet and Chia Pancakes :: by Martha Rose Shulman via The New York Times
- Pink Breakfast Bowl :: by Ricki Heller
- Grain-Free Red Velvet Pancakes :: by Desserts with Benefits
- Berry, Beet and Açaí Breakfast Bowl :: by Gourmande in the Kitchen
- Heart Beet Pancakes :: by Self Proclaimed Foodie
- Breakfast Root Cake :: by A Beautiful Mess
- Crunchy Miso Beet Rice with Spinach and Egg :: by Inspiralized
- Beetroot Porridge with Apple and Ginger :: by Avocado Please
- Dark Chocolate Beet Cake with All-Natural Pink Buttercream Frosting :: by The Endless Meal
- Mini Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cakes with Beet Glaze :: by Hummingbird High
- Luscious Ginger Beet Sorbet :: by Boulder Locavore
- Sneaky Beet Brownies :: by Fit Foodie finds
- Beet Mascarpone Cookies :: by Food Fashion Party
- Red Velvet Beet Fudge :: by Blissful Basil
- Citrus Shortbread Cookies with Beet Glaze :: by Design Love Fest
- All-Natural Red Velvet Whoopie Pies :: by Baking a Moment
- Macaroons with Beet, Chocolate and Coconut Creams :: by This Rawsome Vegan Life
- Vegan Heart Beet Cookies :: by Apron Strings Blog
- Sarah's Red Velvet Vegan Crinkle Cookies :: by Keepin' it Kind
- Chocolate Covered Beet Pretzels with Sea Salt and Cocoa Nibs :: by An Unrefined Vegan
- Chocolate Beet Rugelach :: by Amy Kritzer
- Beet Chocolate Chip Cookies :: by It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
- Strawberry, Lemon and Beetroot Rice Krispie Squares :: by Spabettie
- Homemade Pink Beet Marshmallows :: by Purely Twins
- Beet Ice Cream with Mascarpone, Orange Zest and Poppy Seeds :: by Saveur
- Healthy Beet Bars :: by Runnin Srilankan
- Mixed Berry and Beet Fruit Leather :: by Eat Your Beets
- Raw Strawberry and Beetroot Twizzlers :: by Nouveau Raw
- Roasted Beet Hummus :: by The Endless Meal
- Mini Beet and Goat Cheese Salads :: by The Endless Meal
- Beet Dyed Deviled Eggs :: by Created by Diane
- Baked Rosemary Beet Chips :: by Minimalist Baker
- The Best Beet Dip Ever :: by Sugar and Charm
- Marbled Red Vinasse Eggs :: by Pig Pig's Corner
- Deviled Eggs with Beets and Smoked Salmon :: by Little Broken
- Sweets and Beets with Thyme Scented Pink Salt :: by Kumquat
- Roasted Beet Hummus :: by Minimalist Baker
- Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil :: by Feasting at Home
- Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips :: by Running to the Kitchen
- Za'atar Spiced Beet Dip with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts :: by Yotam Ottolenghi
- Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleons :: by Saveur Magazine
- Beet Salad on a Stick :: by All Recipes
- Beet Cured Gravalax :: by Food Republic
- Carrot, Apple and Beet Salad with Mint and Cumin Vinaigrette :: by The Endless Meal
- Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts :: by The Endless Meal
- Russian Beet Salad :: by Natasha's Kitchen
- Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad :: by Foodie Crush
- Shaved Golden Beet, Carrot and Radish Salad with Coriander Mustard Vinaigrette :: by Gourmande in the Kitchen
- Cardamom Coffee Beet Salad :: by What Jew Wanna Eat
- Roasted Beet and Orange Salad :: by Baked Bree
- Beetroot Ribbon Salad with Mint and Cashew Cheese :: by Coconut and Berries
- Black Rice, Beet and Kale Salad with Cider Flax Dressing :: by Yummy Beet
- Beet Salad with Champagne Vinegar and Blue Cheese :: by Platings and Pairings
- Quinoa Roasted Beet Salad :: by Passports and Pancakes
- Beet, Carrot and Cabbage Salad :: by Mom's Dish
- Pretty Raw Beet and Coconut Smoothie :: by The Endless Meal
- Pink Power Detox Smoothie :: by Oh She Glows
- Beet Lemonade :: by Foodie Crush
- Hot Pink Beautifying Juice :: by VegAnnie
- Naturally Pink Lemonade :: by Gringalicious
- Beet Balsamic Shrub Cocktail :: by Local Maven via With Food and Love
- Beet and Carrot Kanji :: by Veg Recipes of India
- Beautiful Beet Water :: by Everyday Roots
- Beet Infused Bloody Mary :: by Country Cleaver
- Beetnik Martini :: Bon Appétit
- Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze :: by Back to Her Roots
- Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds :: by Feasting at Home
- Beet and Sweet Potato Fries :: by Taste of Home
- Grilled Beets with Havarti Cheese and Mustard Vinaigrette :: by Sweet Paul
- Roasted Beets in Mustard Cream :: by Bon Appetit
- Slow Cooker Beets with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce :: by Skinny Ms.
- Maple Bacon Glazed Beet Recipes :: by Primally Inspired
- Chocolate and Balsamic Roasted Beet Recipes :: by Cooking Stoned
- Walnut Steamed Beets with Greens and Miso Balsamic Drizzle :: by Produce on Parade
- Balsamic and Honey Roasted Beet Recipes :: by Rock Recipes
- Orange Roasted Beets with Pomegranate and Pistachios :: by Sweet Paul Magazine
- Roasted Baby Beet Recipes :: by Epicurious
- Baked Beets with Miso and Oregano :: by Foodness Gracious
- Sparkling Cider Glazed Beet Noodles with Crispy Shallots :: by Inspiralized
- Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale :: by Inspiralized
- Hot Beet Noodle Salad :: by Paleo In Comparison
- Winter Caprese Beet Noodle Pasta :: by The Lean Green Bean
- Roasted Beet Noodles with Green Beans and Pecans :: by Inspiralized
- Hot Beet Noodle Salad :: by Paleo in Comparison
- Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas with Beet Noodles :: by Inspiralized
- Raw Balsamic Tahini Beet Noodles :: by Strength and Sunshine
- Spiral Roasted Beets with Halloumi :: by Ciao Veggie
- Spiralized Beetroot Noodles with Orange Vinaigrette :: The Foodie Teen
- Roasted Beet Noodles, Kale and Quinoa with Yellow Onions Vinaigrette :: by Zen and Spice
- Spiced Beet Ginger Soup with Lime Coconut Cream :: by Amy Chaplin
- Beet and Apple Soup with Horseradish Cream :: by Recipes.com
- Beet and Cucumber Gazpacho :: by Lonny
- Golden Beet Soup with Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream :: by With Food and Love
- Caramelized Onion and Beet Soup :: by Goboroot
- Chilled Beet Soup with Horseradish Croutons :: by 10th Kitchen
- Beet Detox Soup :: by The Awesome Green
- Roasted Beet Soup with Garam Masala and Green Garlic Cream :: by The Pig and Quill
- Roasted Beet Sandwich :: by Coco Jennale
- Smoky Vegetarian Beet Reubens :: by Todd Ginsberg
- Warm Goat Cheese, Beet and Arugula Sandwiches :: by Epicurious
- Roasted Beet and Hummus Sandwich :: by Whole Living
- Avocado Beet Sandwich :: by The Roasted Root
- Purple Beet Pasta :: by A Beautiful Mess
- Beet Glazed Salmon + Orange, Fennel and Pecan Salad :: by Bird and Cleaver
- Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling :: by Food52
- Beet Crust Pizza :: by Bakers Royale
- Sweet potato and Beet Galette with Gorgonzola Cheese and Thyme :: by Bakeaholic Mama
- Beet and Carrot Detox Bake :: by Linda Wagner
- Beet Merlot Risotto :: by Heather Christo
- Beet Braised Lentils :: by Feasting at Home
- Beetroot and Feta Tart :: by Sugar et al.
- Linguini with Roasted Beets, Tarragon and Caraway :: by The Daily Meal
- Beetroot and Quinoa Pot with Horseradish Cream and Bacon :: by A Tasty Love Story
- Beet and Goat Cheese Tacos with Avocado Cream :: by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers :: by Minimalist Baker
- Spicy Beets and Carrot Curry with Creamy Coconut Milk :: by Food52
- Beetroot Thoran :: by Veg Recipes of India
- Grain-Free Basil Beet Burgers :: by Savory Lotus
- Gordon Hamersley's Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tart :: by Alexandra's Kitchen
- Quarter Pounder Beef Burger :: by 7 Spice
- Beet Pesto Pasta :: by Eat Live Run
- Penne with Beetroot Cream and Toasted Poppy Seeds :: by Zizi's Aventures
- Ginger Pickled Baby Beet Recipes :: by The Endless Meal
- Roasted Beet Balsamic Mustard :: by Adventures in Cooking
- Burr Trail Grilled Pickled Beet Recipes :: by Foodie Crush
- Beet Berry Jam :: by Super Healthy Kids
- Easy Beet Sauerkraut :: by Feasting at Home
- Spiced Beetroot and Orange Chutney :: by BBC Good Food
- Amish Pickled Red Beet Eggs :: by Happier Than a Pig in Mud
- Beetroot Carrot Raita :: by Veg Recipes of India
- Beet Ketchup :: by He Won't Know It's Paleo
- Beet Aioli :: by Cooking with Cath
- Beet Marmalade :: by Lemons and Lavender
- Lazy, Luscious Spiced Beetroot Relish :: by Not Quite Nigella
- Vegan Beet Butter :: by Dishing Up the Dirt
- Beetroot Salsa :: by At The Picket Fence
- Beet Greens with Bacon :: by Martha Stewart
- Sesame Wilted Beet Greens :: by Canadian Living
- Beet Leaves with Chickpeas and Couscous :: by Healthy Beets
- Sautéed Beet Leaves with Coconut Milk and Capers :: by The Mindful Foodie
- Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips :: by White on Rice Couple
- Lemon and Butter Braised Beet Greens :: by Food.com
- Citrus Sautéed Beet Stems :: by Spoon Fork Bacon
- Beet Green Pesto :: Nutmeg Nanny
- Beet Green Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Feta :: by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
- Honey Beet Greens with Pecans :: By Mele Cotte
- Pomegranate Beet Challah :: by What Jew Wanna Eat
- Red Beet Bread :: by Baking Diary
- Beet Bread with Dill Cream Cheese Swirl :: 10th Kitchen
- Beet and Rosemary Crackers :: by Daily Bites
- Beetroot and Walnut Bread :: by Twigg Studios
- Beet Bagels with Whipped Blue Cheese :: by Club Narwhal
- Roasted Beet Biscuits :: by The View from Great Island
- No Kneed Beet Bread with Garlic and Thyme :: by Love Food Eat
- Beet Cheela :: by Vegan Magic
- Beet Pretzel Twists Stuffed with Cheese and Pistachio Pesto :: by Club Narwhal
- Beets are being turned into fuel to power our world. In California, sugar beets are being grown and processed into ethanol. Apparently these “energy beets” produce twice as much ethanol per acre than corn.
- To test how acidic or alkaline your body is, eat beets. If you pee pink after you eat beets that generally means that you have low stomach acid. That's a good thing!
- Beets can help your sex life. Eating beets will help expand your blood vessels and increase your blood flow. As we all know, increasing blood flow can have a very positive effect on our sex lives. Beets also contain boron, which is a mineral directly related to the production of sex hormone. Go on, eat your beets! 🙂
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