There are some things in life that just can’t be beat and, well, beets are one of them. While you’re probably used to seeing them in salads — why not take the beets out of the supporting role and make them a starring ingredient? You’ll see the deep purple vegetables through new eyes when they’re mixed with greens, citrus, and even lentils. These 22 recipes give beets the place in the spotlight they deserve, making for dishes that are worthy of center stage at any dinner party.


1. Golden Beet, White Bean, and Orange Salad: Red beets are delicious, but sometimes you need a break from staining your hands crimson. That’s when this salad, made with golden beets, white beans, and oranges, comes in handy. (via Hello Fun Seekers)


2. Chopped Brussels Sprout Beet Salad With Yogurt Garlic Vinaigrette: This salad, made with Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, and jalapeño is like a rainbow on your plate. (via Eat Well 101)


3. Warm Lentil Beet Salad: Some days, you just don’t feel like choking down fork after fork of raw veggies. Warm salads, like this dish of beets, lentils, asparagus, and kale, go a long way toward making vegetables taste like comfort food. (via The Mostly Vegan)


4. Sesame-Walnut Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad: Beets have a deep, earthy flavor that no other vegetables can bring to the table. In this salad, they’re intensified and complemented by fennel, apples, sesame seeds, and walnuts. (via Travelling Oven)


5. Root Vegetable Salad With Lemon Herb Vinaigrette: Combining a variety of root vegetables, like baby beets and watermelon radishes, makes this salad extra-satisfying. Then, it’s paired with tangy lemon-herb vinaigrette, helping to brighten up the earthy flavor of the beets. (via Culinary Ginger)


6. Red Cabbage, Spinach, and Beet Salad: Thanks to crunchy cabbage, this salad is like a slaw. Eat it on its own for lunch, or pile it on top of your favorite sandwich for some extra rainbow veggie goodness. (via Berry Sweet Life)


7. Double Beet Berry Rainbow Salad: Topped with a creamy vegan dressing, this rainbow beet salad is a real showstopper. It’s full of texture, flavor, and color, with nary a boring bite in the whole bowl. (via Kitchen Window Clovers)


8. Butternut Falafel Salad Bowls With Pickled Beets: This recipe harkens back to the salad bar beets of our halcyon youth, but these pickled beets have undergone a fresh, modern update. Here, they brighten up a gluten-free butternut squash falafel salad, adding color and flavor to the dish. (via Snixy Kitchen)


9. Beet, Chicken, Avocado, and Orange Salad: This hearty, healthy salad is more than just a side dish. Chicken and avocado give it heft, while beets, oranges, and a citrusy vinaigrette keep it tasting light and fresh. (via Katiebird Bakes)


10. Chipotle Beet, Grapefruit and Black Garlic Salad: Beets have an intense flavor, so pairing them with similarly bold ingredients just makes sense. In this salad, they’re tossed with chipotle pistachio butter, grapefruit, and black garlic, making for a stand-out side or hearty vegetarian entree. (via Viktoria’s Table)


11. Golden Beet and Pecan Salad: Sweet and nutty pecans add some crunch to this fun salad. Golden beets, carrots, and chewy cranberries round out the flavors and textures for a dish you won’t soon forget. (via Jar of Lemons)


12. Mandarin Beet Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: For a vegetable, beets are sweet, and they pair well with fruit. Mandarin oranges add just the right amount of tanginess to this dish to offset the earthiness of the beets, and combined with creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans, and a poppy seed vinaigrette, this salad is almost irresistible. (via Spiced)


13. Beet and Apple Salad With Citrus Honey Yogurt: Sometimes the key to a great salad is in its dressing. This beet and apple salad eschews the typical vinaigrette in favor of something more unique — a citrusy, honeyed yogurt. (via Flavor the Moments)


14. Spiralized Beet Salad With Blood Oranges: Your spiralizer can be used for so much more than making vegetable noodles. It takes beets and carrots and turns them into crunchy ribbons, making for a salad that’s much more interesting than your usual fare. (via Salt & Lavender)


15. Golden Beet Couscous Salad: Adding grains is an easy way to turn a side salad into an entree. Golden beets, radishes, and goat cheese get a hearty boost from couscous in this recipe. (via The Every Kitchen)


16. Grilled Kale, Beet, Fig, and Ricotta Salad: The best salads are all about texture. This one has it in spades, thanks to creamy ricotta, tender beets, toothsome grilled kale, and soft but chewy ripe figs. (via Five and Spice)


17. Beet, Apple, and Feta Salad: Salty feta is just what this salad needs. It adds a punch of tangy, salty flavor to fresh green pea shoots, earthy beets, and sweet apples. (via Cake and Beans)


18. Beet and Blood Orange Salad: Juicy blood oranges add color and flavor to this jewel-like beet salad. Then, fennel fronds and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette give it a finishing touch you’ll want to devour. (via A House in the Hills)


19. Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette: Roasted red and golden beets, along with orange segments and grapefruit, make this salad a vibrant dinner party centerpiece. But its crowning glory is the mustard dressing and scattering of crushed pistachios, which give the salad the perfect amount of tang and crunch. (via Snixy Kitchen)


20. Shaved Golden Beet, Carrot, and Radish Salad: Shake up your mealtime routine with this tricolor salad. Golden beets, orange carrots, and red radishes are sliced super-thin, then dressed with a coriander mustard vinaigrette. (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)


21. Shredded Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad: Vibrant and lemony, this refreshing salad is full of flavor. Its crunchy texture makes it a great side dish when served with heavier dishes. (via Stupid Easy Paleo)


22. Beet and Feta Salad: Sometimes simple dishes are the best. This salad is easy to put together, but each of its ingredients packs a wallop of flavor. (via Scrambled Chefs)

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