Burgers based on beets are all the rage in the vegan world. The red color is absolutely gorgeous! Serve as you would any other kind of burger — on buns or in pita bread, with your favorite fixings. They’re so flavorful, though, that I like to serve them on their own. If anything, I’d add a dollop of a quick vegan tartar sauce and serve these on their own with salad.
Here’s a simple, classic potato salad made vivid with beets. If you have access to golden beets, by all means, use them. They’re even sweeter than red beets, and keep their vivid color to themselves more than red beets do. Is this salad really Russian? I have no idea; it is really good, though, especially if you like beets! more→
Beets and carrots are such companionable vegetables. They go together “grate” in this simple salad. Such flavorful veggies need only light embellishment — just a little added sweetness, plus the tartness of lemon, which brings out their flavors. And a small flourish of your favorite seeds is a nice finishing touch. more→
The ingredients of classic cold beet borscht are usually cooked together, then chilled, but in this version, there’s no need to cook at all, unless you’d like to lightly pre-cook the beets. After this has a chance to chill, don’t be shy about amping up the lemon/agave contrast to your taste. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
If you like beets, you’ll absolutely love them combined with the crunch of cucumber and the sweetness of citrus. This salad can be enjoyed all through fresh orange season, adding color and flavor to cool-weather meals. more→
This vivid salad of grated beets and red cabbage, served in modest portions, makes a dazzling visual statement on the dinner plate, but more importantly, add a dose of vitamins and antioxidants. more→
Inspired by muhummara, a Turkish spread typically made from roasted red peppers and walnuts, this stunning and addicting spread is perfect for festive occasions or any regular day of the week. Serve with warmed pita triangles. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press). more→
I harvested/sacrified a good bit of my cilantro for this summer salad. It’s sturdy and pretty enough for a summer potluck and get a spark from chili-lime vinaigrette. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→