10 Ways to Cook With Beets

Beets are a favourite food among staffers here at RICARDO. Not only are they succulent, but they also have a dazzling colour that just makes them look pretty on our plates. A fall vegetable par excellence, beets can be used in a variety of dishes, and not just pickled! Here are 10 recipes where the root vegetable simply shines!

1. Candied Beets

Onion confit is something many people make often, but preserving beets is just as interesting thanks to their sweet side and flamboyant pink hue. They taste wonderful with turkey and meat pies.

2. Beet Cake

This is a great way to enjoy beets other than in a soup or salad. In this dessert, the root vegetable is grated and then added to the cake batter. The spices bring a warmth to the cake, pairing well with the beet’s sweet side.

3. Broccoli, Shrimp and Beet Salad

This colourful salad can be adjusted based on what you have sitting in your fridge and pantry. In addition to diced yellow beets, you can add any green vegetable of your choice, as well as a protein like shrimp or chicken. It’s a dish that’ll surely help you forget how grey and gloomy it is outside.

4. Beet and Tofu Deli Sandwich

One bite into this fresh sandwich, and you’ll see how the beets work wonders with the tofu and dill. Add cucumber, honey and old-fashioned mustard, place it all between two slices of rye bread, and you’re left with a next-level sandwich.

5. Seared Salmon with Bulgur and Beets

Beets are not often eaten raw, but their crunchy texture is surely something to try. Slice them thinly with a mandoline and then combine with tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. Salmon and bulgur complete this dish, which can be enjoyed either hot or cold.

6. Beet Macaroni Salad

How can one resist this beautiful, dark red-tinted pasta salad? Beet juice brings colour to the macaroni for a stunning effect. Then add celery and fresh chives and top with a mustard-based dressing.

7. Grilled Asparagus with Beet Hummus and Curried Chickpeas

Enjoy beets in not one but two ways! In this recipe, you’ll find the beets in a hummus as well as a garnish, cut into small cubes, served along with chickpeas, asparagus and cheese. It’s a complete dish the whole family will enjoy.

8. Caramelized Pork Tenderloins with Maple and Beets

This pork tenderloin recipe is one that can be prepared in no time. Thanks to the beets and maple syrup, you’re left with caramelized and sweetened meat. It’s always great when there’s a very simple and basic way to use this winter vegetable.

9. Lunch Bowl with Egg, Vegetables, Hummus and Toasted Pita

This mouth-watering dish consists of eggs and green beans. For a quick and easy meal, opt for precooked and vacuum-sealed beets from the store. Then include some sumac and hummus, and you’ve got a feast of flavours in a bowl.

10. Beet Soup

It’s impossible to think of beets without soup coming to mind. This recipe evokes borscht, a Russian soup made from the root vegetable. The difference is that this one contains ginger, which tempers some of the broth’s sweetness.