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Beets don’t have to taste like dirt


July 16, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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I’ve been an avowed beet hater for most of my adult life.  I say adult life because the only place I ever saw beets growing up was on the salad bar at the Steak and Ale.  We were not a beet eating family.

Now that I’m a mama, I’m trying to revisit some of my disliked dishes.  Not because I want to serve the wee one gross food, but because I think it’s a bit unfair to deprive him of foods he may actually like.  What if beet lover lurks in his tiny heart?

On Friday we went to the local farm stand.  It’s still early in the season so there was just some lettuce, kale, cucumbers, and beets.

My main problem with beets is that they generally just taste like sweet dirt.  Not that I’m knocking dirt eaters (looking at you, little man), but it’s not really my thing.


I do love the color of beets- the bright magenta of red beets, the sunset color of golden beets, and of course, the adorable candy cane beets.  Think of how pretty my dishes could be if I could just learn to take them from dirty to delectable!

Beet greens

The farmer at the stand suggested making a tzatziki sauce with the beets- genius!  The tang of the yogurt along with the sharpness of the garlic are the perfect foils to the earthiness of the beets.

Beet Tzatziki

I just threw this together without measuring and it was absolutely life changing.  I’m going to get some more beets this week to write up a proper recipe, but if you want to experiment on your own, I used the following ingredients:

Roasted and cooled, chopped red beets

Plain European style non-fat yogurt

Lemon juice



I served it up on top of sauteed beet greens and spinach, but it was would be awesome on grilled pita or a hearty slice of bread.

Beets don’t have to taste like dirt- hallelujah!

P.S. Sam likes beets- well, he likes spitting them out and stepping on them.  Can’t win them all!

  • Laurie says:

    You are right, beets DO taste like dirt. I applaud you for revisiting them and the dish looks quite yummy…for beets. May give it try. The hubs likes beets. Visiting from Bloggy moms hop.

  • OK, I might have to give this a try. I pride myself on liking ALL sorts of foods, but beets always taste like dirt to me. Maybe this will change that :)

  • I have come around on beets, too. I even wrote about it in my food blog, in a recent entry on greens. They have such an appealing texture as well as color, I wanted to learn to love them. One way that is very simple but tasty is to boil or roast them, cube them, and dress them with just a little orange juice. Lately I include them whenever I’m roasting a pan of vegetables. I eat cold roasted vegetable wraps for snacks: good with cheese, meat, lettuce, rice, tzatziki sauce.

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