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28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your Plate

Beets' incredible versatility takes them far in the kitchen, and from salads to cupcakes to hummus—there's no shortage of ways to use them.
Bowl of brightly coloured beets on blue and red tiles Photo, Erik Putz.

Beets are in season well into November, making them a staple at this time of year. Along with providing a beautiful hit of colour to whatever you're cooking, they lend a sweet, earthy flavour, which is perfect when the weather starts to get (and stay) cold.

How to buy and store beets

Choose small to medium-sized beets. The skins may be rough and should be dry. If beets still have their greens attached, trim and save separately (they can be sautéed or added to salads). Wrap beets loosely in paper towel and keep in the fridge for up to several weeks.

How to prepare and use beets

Can you eat raw beets?

Yes! Peel beets, then cut into sticks for crudités, thinly slice on a mandoline or grate into salads, slaws and baked goods.

How to roast beets

Wrap beets individually in foil, then roast on a baking sheet at 400F for 1 hour. Let cool enough to handle. As you unwrap each beet, use the foil to rub the beet and peel off the skin. Slice and drizzle with extra- virgin olive oil and chopped tarragon or chives for a simple side, or add to salads or sandwiches.

How to boil beets

Peel first, then boil until beets pierce easily with a knife (25 to 45 min). Toss with olive oil, orange zest and salt for a side dish, or add to salads or smoothies.

Roasted beet salad with tahini dressing

This insanely colourful roasted beet salad with tahini dressing is a breeze to make, but if you want to save time, you can always buy pre-roasted beets. Get this roasted beet salad with tahini dressing recipe.

Bowl of brightly coloured beets on blue and red tilesPhoto, Erik Putz.

Falafel Buddha bowl

Filling for lunch or dinner! Get this falafel buddha bowl recipe.

Falafel buddha bowlPhoto, Erik Putz.
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Beet-cured salmon gravlax

Looking for a great, make-ahead brunch classic to wow your guests? Give cured salmon gravlax a try. Use beets to give the gravlax an extra bit of pizzazz. Get this beet-cured salmon gravlax recipe.

Beet-cured salmon gravlaxPhoto, Erik Putz.

Roasted beets and their greens

Using all the parts of a beet, nothing goes to waste in this dish. Use the left over lemon juice to get the beet stains off of your fingers. Get this roasted beets and their greens recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlateRoasted beets. (Photo, John Cullen.)

Power beet smoothie

A beet smoothie for breakfast? Why not! Blend them up with some frozen bananas and raspberries and a bit of Greek yogurt for a tasty start to your day. Get this power beet smoothie recipe.

power beet smoothiePhoto, Erik Putz.
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Beef and beet borscht

This borscht gets its bright, rich hue from beets and shredded red cabbage. It’s also a great meal for leftovers — the flavours continue to develop and improve overnight! Get this beef and beet borscht recipe.

borscht with dill garnishPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Nordic meatballs with kale salad

This filling, easy meal uses kale and beets — both nutritional powerhouses — to make dinner a delicious and healthful occasion. Get this Nordic meatballs with kale salad recipe.

Nordic meatballs with kale saladPhoto, Sian Richards.

Sesame-ginger-beet quinoa bowl

Jazz up your quinoa tonight with some sesame, ginger and beets for a flavour-packed, healthy dinner. Get this sesame-ginger-beet quinoa bowl recipe

Chatelaine dinner plan: Monday's recipe, Sesame, ginger and beet grain bowlPhoto, Erik Putz.
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Quick pickled beets

If you’ve got more beets than you can reasonably eat, why not give pickling a try? Pickled beets last up to a month and are great toppings on sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. Get this quick-pickled beet recipe.

Quick pickled beetsPhoto, Erik Putz.

Velvety beet cupcakes with raspberry icing

And did we mention that it’s chocolatey too? A healthy and delicious cupcake that’s packed with superfoods raspberry and beet. Get this velvety beet cupcakes with raspberry icing recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, John Cullen.

Mediterranean beet plate

For this colourful starter plate, mix and match your beets (we’ve added golden beets here for contrast). Serve overtop creamy Greek yogurt with parsley, and slices of crisp crostini. Get this Mediterranean beet plate recipe.

Mediterranean beet platePhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Beet latkes

These latkes are topped with smoked salmon and caraway sour cream. Potatoes have nothing on these sides. Get this beet latkes recipe

Beet latkes with smoked salmon and caraway sour creamPhoto, Erik Putz.

Beet-za

Try this new take on pizza. Puff pastry gets baked with colourful beet slices and crumbled cheese and is topped with fresh basil to finish. Get this beet-za recipe.

Beet pizzaPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Beet relish recipe

Ditch the cranberry sauce this holiday season. Beet relish is a great side for Christmas turkey or tourtière. Get this beet relish recipe.

beet relish recipePhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Pickled beet devilled eggs

Let your devilled eggs soak in homemade pickled beet juice for a few hours to give them a beautiful purple ombre finish. (Prep tip: older eggs are easier to peel after hard-boiling than new ones.) Get this pickled beet devilled eggs recipe.

Pickled beet devilled eggsPhoto, Erik Putz.

Beet hummus

This hummus is a breeze to make, and even easier to eat — we put it on everything! Get this beet hummus recipe

Beet hummus recipePhoto, Erik Putz.

Superfood sandwich

Stack it up! This sandwich takes our grainy brown bread and loads it up with our favourite superfoods. (You have to try it.) Get this superfood sandwich recipe.

Best sandwich recipes: The salad sandwichPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Beet-chup

Sweet beets easily replace tomatoes in this wonderfully tangy homemade ketchup. We love it on hot dogs, burgers and fries too. Get this beet-chup recipe.

Beet ketchupPhoto, Erik Putz.

Beet brownies

This delicious, chocolatey recipe includes 2 cups of grated beets. (And you can’t even tell.) Get this beet brownies recipe.

Beet and chocolate browniesPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Nordic shrimp sandwich

Another way we enjoy beets (when we’re not roasting or secretly baking them into desserts) is pickled. It’s a tangy, flavourful way to add beets to wraps, salads and sandwiches. Get this Nordic shrimp sandwich recipe.

Nordic shrimp sandwichPhoto, Erik Putz.
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Beet horseradish

This peppery sauce packs the perfect kicked-up punch when it’s made from scratch. Get this beet horseradish recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Beets and greens salad

Beets are a great source of calcium and vitamin K. Add this healthy side salad to your next main. Get this beets and greens salad recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Dillicious beet salad

We love pairing this healthy beet and beet greens salad with citrusy Arctic Char. Get this beet salad recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Pickled yellow beets

Say hello to delicious, small-batch preserves that take just minutes to make! Get this pickled yellow beets recipes.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Roasted beets

Healthy and simple! Roast foil-wrapped beets until tender, remove from skins, then mix with chopped greens and a light lemon vinaigrette. Get this roasted beet recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, John Cullen.

Swedish egg, dill and beet sandwich

The humble sandwich goes haute. Build a better sandwich with a few fresh ingredients and some creative upgrades. Get this Swedish egg, dill and beet recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Peach and beet carpaccio

Put those pickled beets to good use! They pair perfectly with the sweet-tasting peach, while onions rounds out the starter salad. Get this peach and beet carpaccio recipe.

peach and beet carpaccioPhoto, Erik Putz.

Beet-barley risotto with ricotta

We mixed it up and added pearl barley to this ruby risotto, garnishing it with fresh ricotta and sprigs of thyme. Get this beet-barley risotto with ricotta recipe.

28 Beet Recipes That Add A Ton Of Colour And Flavour To Your PlatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Watch: The best way to peel roasted beets

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