15 best beetroot recipes
From enjoying it raw in salads to roasted in cheesy, springtime tarts and even occasionally thrown into some of your favourite sweet bakes, there isn’t much the humble beetroot can’t be added to.
Whether you’ve got a spare tin of beetroot lurking in your pantry or simply need to use up a glut of fresh produce, discover our very best beetroot recipes below.
When is beetroot in season?
In the UK, beetroot is available all year round, but it is really at its best from June to October and this is when you’re likely to see it popping up across your newsfeeds and in restaurants.
Fresh vs. canned beetroot, which is best?
Beetroot can be bought fresh, pre-cooked or canned. Seasonally, it’s always best to buy beetroot fresh, but if you’ve got a craving for beetroot out of season, you’re in luck. There are many pre-cooked and tinned options available in supermarkets – just make sure to check the nutrition label and ensure they’ve added no nasties such as artificial flavours or colourings.
Our very best beetroot recipes
These tarts aren’t to be made every day. These tarts are the ones you make when you want to seriously impress. Homemade pastry, lemon-y marinated beetroot, a double cheese filling and a topping of crunchy toast hazelnuts…Need we say more?
Mini beetroot and horseradish blinis
Kids will love the colour of them, adults will love the taste of them. These pretty ‘n’ pink beetroot-spiked blinis are perfect for feeding a crowd. We’ve topped them with horseradish and a mixture of smoked salmon and soft-boiled quail eggs but feel free to top them with whatever you fancy.
Spiced beetroot rice with lemony beetroot leaves
There’s something deeply satisfying about using up every part of the vegetable. This thirty-minute wonder makes use of the whole beetroot, including the leaves. The result? A vibrant, lightly-fragrant waste-free veggie dinner!
Beetroot and walnut borek
Making Andi Oliver’s boreks is not a task for the impatient cook as you’ll need just under two hours, but on completion you’ll be left with perfectly crisp pastry stuffed with the most vibrant filling. Plus, the recipe includes a cucumber and apple gazpacho to be served alongside them – so you’re really making two dishes at once!
If there’s a recipe that showcases how gorgeous beetroot can be, we think we’ve found it. We’ve used a mixture of golden and candy beetroots, marinated them in lemon and then finished them off with fresh orange slices and a piece of white fish. Result? A vibrant and healthy recipe perfect for those warm summer evenings.
Our new addiction – rhubarb and beetroot ketchup. Sceptical? So were we, but trust us when we say this is one condiment worth trying! The earthiness from the beetroot and sweetness from the rhubarb work so well together. Our suggestion: try it with sausages, bacon or beer-battered fish and chips.
Taking only 15 minutes, this recipe will be of the most flavourful fast dinners you’ll ever make. Beetroot purée, dill, goat’s cheese and orzotto come together to form a healthy, flavour-pack mid-week meal.
Handy tip: roasting beetroot in balsamic vinegar takes this couscous salad to the next level. Bring a pop of colour to your lunch and give the recipe a go!
Goat’s cheese and marinated beetroot quiche
With its creamy filling and striking topping, this Goat’s cheese tart will be the star of the show whereever you take it.
Beetroot and chocolate traybake
Okay, so this might not be for everyone, (as some people prefer to keep beetroot for savoury dishes) however chocolate and beetroot is an outrageously good combination. The earthiness of the beetroot complements the sweetness of the chocolate, creating some truly unique. Plus, who doesn’t love the look of candied beetroot?
These burgers get five stars for making midweek cooking a breeze – ready in 30 minutes and made with only a handful of ingredients.
Beetroot carpaccio with crispy halloumi
Sometimes you crave crunch and texture from a dish. This one combines thinly sliced marinated beetroot, salty halloumi shards and toasted pistachios to create a winning, elegant vegetarian dish.
Charred beetroot stalks with lemon and parmesan
This fifteen-minute wonder makes use of the much-forgotten beetroot stalks. The stalks are fried then tossed in lemon, drizzled with olive oil and topped generously with parmesan. Tip: serve with chunks of soft bread to help with mopping up all the flavoured oil.
Beetroot-marinated salmon with dill pickled rice salad
Enjoy this vibrant beetroot-marinated salmon alongside a hearty, flavoursome salad of rice, dill, pickles and even more beetroot. Ready in less than 30 minutes – this recipe is midweek dinner perfection.
Beetroot and feta soda bread
Your new picnic special. Studded with beetroot and feta, this quick-to-make soda bread is a wonderful additional at any summer picnic or alfresco lunch.
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