16 Best Beet Recipes

Beetroot Salads, Soups, Pickled Beets, and More

beet falafel

The Spruce / Anita Schecter

There are so many ways to enjoy beets: raw, boiled, baked, juiced, and roasted are just a few ideas. And don't throw the greens away!

Beets are often overlooked because of their tendency to stain surfaces and skin. To avoid staining and mess from red beets, all you have to do is cover the countertop with plastic wrap or wax paper and wear disposable gloves. If you do end up with stained hands, rub them with a lemon half. Or, you may choose to substitute the red variety with golden beets or white beets; use them in any recipe that calls for red beetroot.

Here are some of the best recipes, from soups and cocktails to salads and sandwiches.

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    Easy Polish Beet Soup

    beet soup
    The Spruce

    If you can't pronounce Barszcz Czysty Czerwony, don't worry, you can call this soup pure red borscht, which is the literal translation, or simply call it Polish beet soup. Whatever you call it, the soup is an easy and delicious combination of canned or fresh cooked beets, stock, garlic, and lemon juice. Add some fresh dill or potatoes if you like.

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    Grilled Beets

    Grilled Beets

    The Spruce 

    The grill might not be the first thing you think of when you are deciding how to cook your beets, but it is an excellent method. The hot grill chars these sliced beets and brings out the sweet, earthy flavor. 

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    Turmeric Honey-Marinated Salmon With Red Beets

    honey marinated salmon with red beets

    The Spruce / Lora-Wiley-Lennartz

    Sliced red beets are an essential component in this fabulous baked salmon recipe, but it doesn't stop there. Other ingredients include blood oranges, red onions, almonds, and honey. If you're planning a romantic dinner for two, you must consider this dish.

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    Classic Harvard Beets

    Harvard Beets Recipe

     The Spruce

    In this classic recipe for Harvard beets, nutrient-rich beets cook to perfection in a tangy sauce. Use fresh beets or make them with canned beets for a quick and tasty side dish.

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    Red Beet Falafel

    beet falafel

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Serve bright and attractive baked falafel in pita loaves or pile them on greens or spinach and drizzle with tahini sauce. They make great vegetarian meatballs, too.

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    Classic Pickled Beets

    Classic Pickled Beets

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Preserve your beets and enjoy them throughout the year with this recipe for pickled beets. Follow the recipe for four 1-pint jars or scale it up for more. It's an excellent way to enjoy beets along with any meal.

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    Beet and Chickpea Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    beef and chickpea sandwich

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Beet and chickpea patties make up the filling for these attractive grilled cheese sandwiches. Za'atar seasons the vegetable and feta cheese layers.

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    Moroccan Cold Beet Salad With Vinaigrette

    Moroccan Beet Salad

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquiih

    Fresh parsley, lemon juice, and seasonings enhance the vegetables in this Moroccan beet salad. Cook the beets in boiling water or use your pressure cooker.

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    Balsamic and Brown Sugar Glazed Beets

    balsamic glazed beets

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    A glaze mixture of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and butter turns ordinary beets into something special. These are delicious beets to serve with just about any family meal.

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    Brown Sugar-Glazed Golden Beets

    Brown Sugar-Glazed Golden Beets
    Diana Rattray

    Brown sugar, fruit juice, and simple seasonings make up the sweet glaze for these delicious golden beets. Feel free to use apple juice, pineapple juice, apricot nectar, or orange juice in the recipe.

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    Sweet and Sour Beets

    Sweet and Sour Beets

    Diana Rattray

    These sweet and sour beets combine boiled beets with some red onion, a small amount of garlic, and a tasty sweet-sour glaze mixture. 

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    Beet Salad With Spinach

    beet salad
    The Spruce

    The honey balsamic dressing takes this basic beet and spinach salad to new levels. Bacon, beets, spinach, and red onion make up the salad with the optional topping of shredded or crumbled cheese.

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    Beet, Shrimp, and Spelt Salad

    Shrimp and beet salad

    The Spruce / Katie Workman

    This shrimp and beet salad includes the ancient grain, spelt, and mesclun lettuce. A simple dressing of rice vinegar and oil adorns this lovely salad.

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    Ruby Queen Cocktail

    Ruby Queen Scotch Whisky and Beet Juice Cocktail

    The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

    If you still have plenty of beets left after making salads, soups, and sides, juice them. This Ruby Queen cocktail will be the talk of your party. The combination of honey syrup and fresh beet juice complement the Scotch whisky surprisingly well.

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    Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets

    roasted beets and sweet potatoes

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Add this kosher roasted root vegetable combination to your holiday menu. Vegetables include chunks of beets, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and onions.

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    Crispy Fried Beet Chips

    Crispy Fried Beet Chips

    Molly Watson

    Make these crunchy fried beet chips with golden beets or red beets. The sweet, earthy flavor of the beets make these chips a fantastic alternative to everyday potato chips.