16 of the Best-Ever Beet Recipes

Among the unexpected options: cauliflower rice "risotto" (with beets!)

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There are many delicious methods for preparing beets, from roasting to pickling to eating them raw, steamed, or sautéed. And thanks to its sweet-but-earthy flavor, this root veggie pairs well with plenty of foods and seasons. They taste (and look) just as perfect sliced and served on top of a spring salad as they do slow-roasted next to a pork tenderloin with potatoes.

We've rounded up some of our favorite easy-to-make beet recipes that you can serve at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. FYI: Beets are delicious baked into muffins with tahini. If you didn't know, now you know.

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German Beet-and-Potato Salad

German Beet-and-Potato Salad
Victor Protasio

To make the base dressing for this take on German potato salad, mix apple cider vinegar with whole grain mustard, and then add beets for a hit of color (and something fresh). Don't skip the bacon: it adds rich, salty flavor that perfectly balances out the acidic dressing. You can make this one ahead—it's even better the next day.

Get the recipe: German Beet-and-Potato Salad

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Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs

Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Greg DuPree

Smørrebrød is an open-faced sandwich from Denmark, where densely seeded bread is slathered with butter and piled with artfully arranged toppings like pickled herring, cheese, eggs, and herbs. In this lighter version, yogurt swaps in for the butter, and a fresh marinated beet salad adds a deliciously refreshing twist. You'll finish the dish with jammy soft-cooked eggs and capers.

Get the recipe: Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs

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Cauliflower Rice "Risotto" With Beets

Cauliflower Rice Recipe for “Risotto” With Beets
Grace Elkus

This creamy, delicious risotto recipe does double duty as a healthy weeknight staple. The best part? It comes together in just 15 minutes.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Rice "Risotto" With Beets

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Beet Tahini Muffins

Beet Tahini Muffins
Jennifer Causey

Here, nutty tahini pairs with pure maple syrup for a delicious, delightful muffin recipe that no one will know is hiding a secret (healthy) ingredient: beets.

Get the Recipe: Beet Tahini Muffins

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Marinated Beet Toasts With Yogurt

Marinated Beet Toasts With Yogurt
Antonis Achilleos

This recipe for marinated beet and yogurt toasts is super easy to prepare. Simply combine Greek yogurt with horseradish, olive oil, salt, and pepper; and then divide it among toasted whole-grain bread slices. Top with each with marinated beets, radishes, and chives. It tastes as pretty as it looks.

Get the Recipe: Marinated Beet Toasts With Yogurt

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Beet-Pickled Eggs

Beet-Pickled Eggs
Victor Protasio

These beet-pickled eggs pair perfectly with traditional ingredients you'd serve on a charcuterie board—like salty cheeses, sausages, fresh-cut stone fruits, and any snappy summer crudité you like.

Get the recipe: Beet-Pickled Eggs

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Beets, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Beets, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Sandwich
Danny Kim

If your beets come with beet greens, use them instead of the spinach in the recipe.

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Beet Pasta With Hazelnuts and Beet Greens

Beet Pasta With Hazelnuts And Beet Greens
Jennifer Causey

The base for this colorful sauce comes from fresh beets that get cooked until tender. The hazelnuts and greens add depth and complexity to this naturally vegan recipe.

Get the recipe: Beet Pasta With Hazelnuts and Beet Greens

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Chilled Beets With Sour Cream

Chilled Beets With Sour Cream
Amy Neunsinger

For the prettiest dish, look for beets in an array of colors at your local farmers' market.

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Roasted Chicken and Beets With Couscous and Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Chicken and Beets With Couscous and Yogurt Sauce
Yunhee Kim

Roast the beets and chicken in the oven at the same time for a low-effort meal.

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Watercress, Beet, and Fennel Salad

Watercress, Beet, and Fennel Salad
Paul Sirisalee

The tender roasted beets contrast nicely with the peppery watercress and crisp fennel.

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Watercress Salad With Beets and Feta

Watercress Salad With Beets and Feta
Con Poulos

Salty feta complements the sweet, earthy beets.

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Pork Chops With Roasted Beets and Oranges

Pork Chops With Roasted Beets and Oranges
Christopher Baker

To minimize stains on your hands, use a paper towel to hold the beets as you peel them.

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Quinoa and Vegetable Salad With Tahini Dressing

Quinoa and Vegetable Salad With Tahini Dressing
Con Poulos

Yes, you can eat raw beets—just peel and coarsely grate them, then toss into a salad.

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Garden Dog

Garden Dog
Paul Sirisalee

Beets and hot dogs may seem like an odd combination, but the pickled vegetables add a lively zing.

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Poached Salmon Salad With Beets

Poached Salmon Salad With Beets
Con Poulos

Make sure to slice the raw beets very thinly so they'll be tender enough to eat.

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