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Cooking with Beets

cooking with beets

Root Vegetables – Beets

Hearty and earthy, the humble beet is great in so many recipes.

Top 5 Ways to use beets more often

Beet Soup

1Raw in salads

Beets do not need to be cooked! Thinly sliced or julienned threads of beet add a delicious crunch and beautiful red hue to salads.

2In a soup

Traditional borscht is made from deep red beets, but you can also try it with golden beets for a new twist on an old classic.

3Paired with goat cheese

Boil beets and slice into rounds. Top each round with a dollop of creamy goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic syrup or glaze. Add a sprinkle of cayenne and some crunchy nuts for a perfect contrast of flavours and textures.

4In baking

Some say that the secret to the richest and most moist brownie is… beets!


The sweetness of the beet is brought out when it’s been in the oven for a while. In a roasting pan, combine beets with olive oil. Bake at 400°F for about 40 minutes, or until softened.

Enjoy beets in these delicious dishes

Beets and Apples

Apple and beet salad

Earthy and sweet, this salad is a flavourful mix that will make your guests ask for seconds.

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Ever tried pink apples?

Mixing red beets with sliced apples has such a beautiful effect. The deep burgundy of the beet turns the apples pink upon contact! With a simple toss, your salad will be tie-dyed.

Add nuts and seeds

A quarter-cup of toasted almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds adds a delicious nuttiness to this salad.

A new salad by changing the herb

Parsley has a mellow flavour profile that’s perfect for an understated salad. Want to add some pizzazz? Use parsley’s bold cousin cilantro (also known as coriander), which has a more pronounced and exotic flavour.

Exchange apples for pears

Out of apples? Other fruits that would work well in this salad are firm mango, honeydew or pears. If you want to add another vegetable, go with celery.

Maple-marinated Salmon with Beet Salad and Grilled Leeks

This wonderful dinner has a perfect balance of sweet, salty and savoury. Serve with quinoa or brown rice for a complete meal.

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Maple-marinated Salmon with Beet Salad and Grilled Leeks

Salad dressing with maple syrup

You can replace honey in this salad dressing with the more complex flavour of maple syrup. Add the same amount that the recipe calls for. You can also use this dressing as a lovely marinade for salmon.

Cook fish 10 minutes per inch

For perfectly cooked fish every time, remember this rule – cook fish for 10 minutes per inch (height) of fish flesh. That means a thick piece of salmon may take 10 minutes to cook, while a thinner fish like sole may cook in just three minutes.

Try trout

If you are looking for a change from salmon, try rainbow trout. Like salmon, it’s an orange-fleshed fish, and it’s high in heart healthy omega-3 fats. It has a milder, less “fishy” flavour and pairs well with Dijon mustard.

Healthy bite

  • Aim for at least two servings (2.5 oz.) of fish each week. Choose omega-3-rich fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, char and herring more often.
  • Use leftover ingredients as prep for tomorrow’s dinner – extra vegetables are great in soups or omelets, and pasta makes a wonderful salad base.