Farmer’s Market Finds: Beets

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we'll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, it’s all about beets.

Beets are often misunderstood. They’re an earthy veggie that taste bitter, and some may say dirt-like. But when cooked right, they can be quite delectable. Packed with folate, manganese and potassium, the healthy pick is in season from June to November. Look for firm and mostly blemish-free beets to ensure optimum flavor and freshness. Cooking will bring out their natural sweetness, but we like them grated in raw salads, too. If you’re using them all in one recipe, try to buy beets of equal sizes so that they cook evenl. People either obsess over them or despise them, but these recipes are bound to make you fall in love at first bite.


Creamy Beet Dip

Photo by Philip Friedman

Blended with Greek yogurt, cooked beets take on an an irresistibly creamy texture. The result is a rich dip that guests won’t be able to resist. The beets give it a beautiful, pink hue that's almost too pretty to eat.

Get the recipe: Creamy Beet Dip 


Beet Cake With Apple Buttercream

Photo by Sarah Karnasiewicz

If you thought beets didn’t belong in desserts, you thought wrong. Believe it or not, beets give this cake a moist texture that doesn’t compromise flavor. Smoothed over with fresh apple buttercream, this cake is sneaky about its fruits and veggies.

Get the recipe: Beet Cake With Apple Buttercream


Grapefruit, Beet, and Radish Salad

Photo by Greg DuPree

This unexpected combo is the salad you’ve been craving all summer. The slightly bitter flavor of the beets balances the tartness of the grapefruit, and radishes add a spicy crunch.  

Get the recipe: Grapefruit, Beet, and Radish Salad


Lemongrass Beet Crostini

Photo by Greg Dupree

Roasting beets on stalks of lemongrass infuses them with citrusy flavor. Spread thick, sturdy slices of bread  with tangy goat cheese, top with the tender lemony beets, and drizzle with olive oil. 

Get the recipe: Lemongrass Beet Crostini


Chilled Beets With Sour Cream

Photo by Amy Neunsinger

Give beets the attention they deserve with this beet-centric dish. After boiling them, place the beets in the refrigerator for an hour to give them a refreshing bite. Add a dollop of sour cream for a light, delicate side dish.

Get the recipe: Chilled Beets With Sour Cream