Beet Recipes

Learn to use this striking root vegetable

We love beets for their earthy flavor and vibrant flavor. This cool-weather root vegetable is delicious both raw and cooked. From roasted beets to beet "tartare" to even ice cream and cocktails, we've rounded up our favorite beet recipes.

Roasting beets softens their texture and brings out their complex sweetness. We like to simply roast them with other winter vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts. Roasted beets are a great accompaniment to grilled duck or lobster salad. To give raita, the cooling Indian yogurt sauce, a brilliant pink hue, mix in diced roasted beets. Check out our lentil and deep salad brightened by a floral, citrusy lavender-mustard vinaigrette.

Pureed beets are creamy and earthy. We use them to flavor a honey-mustard vinaigrette for farmer's salad and as the base for our rich beet ketchup. Pureed beets are a great addition to ricotta gnocchi, adding flavor and a gorgeous color. Wilted beet greens are perfect for accompanying the gnocchi.

Beets don't seem like an obvious drink ingredient, but their complex sweetness is perfect for adding depth to both cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages. To make a surprising twist on pink lemonade, mix beet juice, lemon juice, sugar, and water. On the alcoholic side, try the Moradita. The sweetness of this beet-augmented margarita is tempered through the use of jalapeño-infused tequila.

Find all kinds of uses for this striking root vegetable in our collection of our favorite beet recipes.

Skillet-Cooked Duck Breast with Beets and Watercress

Skillet-Cooked Duck Breast with Beets and Watercress
The earthiness of beets pairs well with duck, which chef Gavin Kaysen likes to grill, but a skillet works just as well at home. The black rice is an incredible dish simply on its own. Get the recipe for Skillet-Cooked Duck Breast with Beets and Watercress »Ariana Lindquist
Char Siu Chicken

Char Siu Chicken

Char siu (meaning “fork roast”) is typical in Chinese cuisine and normally gets its red hue from food coloring. In this rendition, beet powder, a natural alternative, lends the bright red color and adds a little sweetness.Drew Anthony Smith
Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig Sauce

Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig Sauce

Mustard-and-herb-marinated quail gets a quick sauté for this earthy dish and is served with poached beets and a sweet-tart fig and ruby port sauce. Adapted from a recipe by chef Stuart Bell of Ten Minutes by Tractor in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, the dish has black barley, a variety with the bran still attached to the wheat kernel.Matt Taylor-Gross
Oyster Club's Lobster

Oyster Club's Lobster

Sweet, tender pieces of lobster and beets are topped with a rich asparagus cream sauce in this recipe from Oyster Club in Mystic, Connecticut.Farideh Sadeghin
Beet and Ricotta Gnocchi with Wilted Beet Greens and Aged Balsamic

Beet and Ricotta Gnocchi with Wilted Beet Greens and Aged Balsamic

For this Piedmontese dish, a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar adds a tangy complexity.Con Poulos
Beet Ketchup

Beet Ketchup

Ketchup made with roasted beets has a surprising, slightly earthy flavor—we love it in place of tomato ketchup on turkey burgers. It's easiest to cook it over the course of two days: On day one, cook, cool, peel, and chop the beets; on day two, cook them into ketchup. A splatter screen will help keep splashes contained while cooking the purée.Khushbu Shah
Beet "Tartare"

Beet "Tartare"

Earthy roasted beets are brightened by fresh orange zest and tangy balsamic in this clever appetizer, which looks beautiful presented in individual endive spears.Yossi Arefi
Roasted Beets with Orange and Crème Fraîche

Roasted Beets with Orange and Crème Fraîche

A cool and tangy crème fraîche dressing adorns roasted beets for a simple, colorful side dish. We like to use a combination of red and golden beets for presentation.Vanessa Rees
Beet Raita

Beet Raita

This cooling yogurt mix can be served as relish, dip, salad, or side.Ingalls Photography

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables
Rosemary and thyme add aromatic depth to roasted root vegetables in this hearty side.James Roper
Shredded Apple Beet and Carrot Salad

Shredded Apple, Beet, and Carrot Salad

This stunning red salad gets its color from raw shredded beets, which mix with crunchy carrots and sweet-tart apples to make a crisp accompaniment for pork chops.James Roper
Beets in Tart Cherry Sauce (Charkhlis Chogi)

Beets in Tart Cherry Sauce (Charkhlis Chogi)

Tart cherries bring sweet-sour flavor to this simple salad of herbs and roasted beets.Landon Nordeman
Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled Vegetable Salad (Sallad på Rostade Grönsaker)

Beets, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, and fennel are slathered in olive oil and grilled, then tossed with lemon juice and zest to make this warm, smoky grilled salad.Felix Odell
Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing

Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing

New Mexico and arbol chiles create a sauce similar to a mole that coats the turkey, while adding spice and depth.Todd Coleman
Beet Lemonade

Beet Lemonade

This hot pink lemonade gets its vibrant color and extra boost of sweetness from an unexpected source: beets.Leah Koenig
Beet Ice Cream with Mascarpone, Orange Zest, and Poppy Seeds

Beet Ice Cream with Mascarpone, Orange Zest, and Poppy Seeds

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, OH has some of the most amazing flavors around. In this recipe, the addition of roasted beets and poppy seeds lends the end product a festive hue and a bit of crunch. ‪Todd Coleman
Cold Beet Yogurt Soup

Cold Beet Yogurt Soup

Earthy beets, cooked and chilled, and blended with yogurt, dill, and lemon, make for a bright, perfectly balanced borscht-inspired bowl.Anna Stockwell
Moradita

Moradita

A jalapeño-infused, blood-colored tequila and beet cocktail, the Moradita (“Little Death”), is a fresh, nearly healthy-tasting drink with some real body and a balancing hint of elegant richness.Helen Rosner

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress
Roasting beets and puréeing them with a little balsamic vinegar makes a sweet, earthy spread that's a perfect base for slices of smoked salmon and peppery watercress.Helen Rosner
Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

This salad is topped with a bright thick sweet-tart pickled beet dressing.James Oseland
Lentil and Beet Salad with Lavender-Mustard Vinaigrette

Lentil and Beet Salad with Lavender-Mustard Vinaigrette

A honey-sweetened dressing of orange juice infused with lavender lends floral notes to a hearty lentil salad.James Oseland
Lobster and Avocado Salad

Lobster and Avocado Salad

Sliced ripe avocados add a silky bite to an elegant salad tossed with lobster and juicy grapefruit segments. Get the recipe for Lobster and Avocado Salad »Nicole Franzen
Fermented Beets with Orange and Ginger

Fermented Beets with Orange and Ginger

This recipe is inspired by rosl, a Jewish specialty from the Ukraine that calls for pickling beets in brine.Todd Coleman
Layered Herring Salad (Selyodka Pod Shuboy)

Layered Herring Salad (Selyodka Pod Shuboy)

Salt-cured herring becomes a lavish centerpiece when layered with apples and a sour cream mayonnaise dressing in this beautiful composed salad.Landon Nordeman
Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)

Guatemalan Composed Salad (Fiambre)

Fiambre, which means "served cold," is only eaten in Guatemala on All Saint's Day.Todd Coleman
Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleons

Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleons

These elegant appetizers come from Wolfgang Puck's Los Angeles restaurant Spago. Laurie Ochoa wrote about the groundbreaking chef in "The King of LA," part of our special Los Angeles issue (March 2010).Penny De Los Santos
Danish Smoked Herring, Beet, and Potato Salad (Sildesalat)

Danish Smoked Herring, Beet, and Potato Salad (Sildesalat)

Danish smoked herring, beet, and potato salad is terrific on whole wheat.Michael Kraus