Beetroot is a controversial vegetable—some people find beets delicious, others think they taste like dirt. When prepared properly, however, the root vegetable packs a tasty, nutrient-packed punch. Here are some of our favorite ways to utilize the fall staple:
1. Roasted Beets
You can’t go wrong with roasted beets. Toss them with a vinaigrette, use them in place of chickpeas for a delicious hummus, or eat them seasoned simply with a little salt and pepper.
Get the recipe: Roasted Beets with Mushroom Bordelaise
2. Beet Salad
Beet salads are perfect for busy weeknights, meal prep, or holiday entertaining.
Get the recipe: Beet and Labneh Salad with Duck Fat Granola
3. Pickled Beets
WATCH: How to Make Easy Pickled Beets
Pickled beets are great in salads, slaws, or served alone as a side. They can last for months in the pantry, so make an extra jar to have on hand.
Get the recipe: Easy Pickled Beets
4. Beet Soup
Can you imagine a more perfect fall main course? Didn’t think so.
Get the recipe: Golden Beet Soup with Toasted Grains
5. Hasselback Beets
Hasselbacking isn’t just for chicken or potatoes—it’s also a show-stopping way to serve the seasonal vegetable.
Get the recipe: Hasselback Beets with Tangy Dill Sauce and Carraway
6. Beet Chips
Though they’re nutritious and tasty, packaged beet chips can be expensive. Save money by making them at home.
Get the recipe: Crispy, Sweet Air-Fried Beet Chips
7. Beet Hummus
Beet hummus (like the kind you get at Trader Joe’s) is chock-full of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron. Also, it’s delicious.
Get the recipe: Roasted Beet Hummus
8. Beet Salsa
Also called “Rainbow Salsa,” this healthy side is great with chips or served on top of tacos.
Get the recipe: Beet Salsa
9. Beet Cupcakes
We love red velvet anything, and the natural food coloring found in beets is icing on top of the (cup)cake.
Get the recipe: Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
10. Beet Bloody Mary
Bright and bold, beets are an unexpected (but welcome) addition to a classic Bloody Mary recipe.
Get the recipe: Golden Beet Bloody Mary