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Easy Pickled Beets

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
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4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Just six ingredients go into this easy sweet-and-sour pickled beets side dish. Use a mix of red and golden beets, if you like. Pickled beets can stay in your pantry for months so make extra to have on hand. They add a great tang and color to a fresh cole slaw, bright flavor and color to a cheese board and earthy notes to a spinach salad. The pickling liquid is a great base for other vegetables you will have depending on the season such as cucumbers, carrots and onions.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small beets (about 7 beets)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 81
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 19.8 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 207 mg
  • calcium 13 mg

How to Make It

  1. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Cool slightly. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Thinly slice beets; place in a large bowl.

  2. Combine vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Pour vinegar mixture over beets; cover and chill. Discard bay leaves.