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By Corey Williams
Updated July 31, 2019
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Beetroot is a controversial vegetable—some people find beets delicious, others think they taste like dirt. When prepared properly, however, the root vegetable packs a tasty, nutrient-packed punch. Here are some of our favorite ways to utilize the fall staple:

1. Roasted Beets

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Greg DuPree

Greg DuPree

You can’t go wrong with roasted beets. Toss them with a vinaigrette, use them in place of chickpeas for a delicious hummus, or eat them seasoned simply with a little salt and pepper.

2. Beet Salad

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Beet salads are perfect for busy weeknights, meal prep, or holiday entertaining.

3. Pickled Beets

Pickled beets are great in salads, slaws, or served alone as a side. They can last for months in the pantry, so make an extra jar to have on hand.

Get the recipe: Easy Pickled Beets

4. Beet Soup

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Can you imagine a more perfect fall main course? Didn’t think so.

5. Hasselback Beets

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Hasselbacking isn’t just for chicken or potatoes—it’s also a show-stopping way to serve the seasonal vegetable.

6. Beet Chips

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Anna Theoktisto

Though they’re nutritious and tasty, packaged beet chips can be expensive. Save money by making them at home.

7. Beet Hummus

EC: This Roasted Beet Hummus Recipe Can’t Be Beat
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All photos by Teresa Sabga

Beet hummus (like the kind you get at Trader Joe’s) is chock-full of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron. Also, it’s delicious.

Get the recipe: Roasted Beet Hummus

8. Beet Salsa

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Also called “Rainbow Salsa,” this healthy side is great with chips or served on top of tacos.

Get the recipe: Beet Salsa

9. Beet Cupcakes

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
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Victor Protasio

We love red velvet anything, and the natural food coloring found in beets is icing on top of the (cup)cake.

Get the recipe: Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

10. Beet Bloody Mary

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Jennifer Causey

Bright and bold, beets are an unexpected (but welcome) addition to a classic Bloody Mary recipe.
Get the recipe: Golden Beet Bloody Mary