Beets pack a powerful antioxidant touch, and offer an earthy sweetness to dishes that feature them. They are an excellent source of folate and betaine, and eating beets regularly can actually decrease your risk of heart disease because this tasty root vegetable also reduces inflammation. Read on for some great recipes that prominently feature beets.
1. Beet, Mint and Feta Salad
In the heat of the summer, cold salads are a wonderful option for any meal or snack. This recipe for beet, mint and feta salad is simple and delicious.
It uses beets, olive oil, and sea salt with a little bit of lemon zest and maple syrup for a sweet, tangy dressing. Add mint for an especially cooling touch, and top with crumbled feta cheese.
2. Golden Beet Slaw
Beets don’t always have to come in red! This delicious crunchy beet slaw is made from golden beets, which gives this summer salad a warm, rich yellow-orange hue.
The recipe for golden beet slaw calls for cutting the golden beets into matchsticks and tossing them with red wine vinegar, orange juice and orange zest, olive oil and salt. Mix with scallions and cilantro for a delicious and healthy raw veggie salad.
3. Beet Chips
For this delicious snack, use this recipe for beet chips. It’s just two ingredients: beets and olive oil, and requires two rounds of baking. This recipe recommends using a mandoline to slice the beets evenly. Once sliced, toss them with extra-virgin olive oil and spread them out on a baking sheet.
Bake the beets until they start to dry out, and then take them out of the oven and let them sit for a few minutes. Put them in the oven again and then take out individual chips as they lighten. They will cool and become deliciously crispy.
4. Roasted Halibut With Pickled Beets
This delicious recipe for roasted halibut with pickled beets is actually a Danish dish. It’s a delicious trifecta of flavors: sweet beets, salty capers and sour lemon juice.
Prepare breadcrumbs with olive oil and a sauce with lemon juice, butter and capers. Pour the sauce over the fish, top with breadcrumbs, and then bake it for no more than 20 minutes. The pickled beets go on top of the fish for a sweet complementary flavor.
5. Chocolate Beet Cake
This tasty chocolate cake recipe uses pureed beets to add even more moisture and flavor and is a favorite with young kids.
Sneak in some healthy vegetables; they don’t even have to know that there are beets in the cake. The recipe for chocolate beet cake involves the standard cake procedure of creaming butter and brown sugar together and then mixing in eggs.
The beets are mixed with chocolate, butter and vanilla. Mix all the ingredients together and add flour and baking soda. Bake the cake in a fluted Bundt pan and sprinkle it with powdered sugar for a tasty dessert treat.