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14 Gorgeous Beet Recipes to Make at Every Meal

These vibrant recipes have one thing in common: They all feature bold and beautiful beets as the main ingredient. Because spring typically has us craving fresh veggies and lighter fare, it’s perfect that the deep red food is trendy and in-season, too. Not only do these beet recipes add bright colors to your plate, they’re also nutrient powerhouses. The vegetable is high in a slew of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6 and C), along with antioxidants and fiber. From side dishes to dips to dinners, here’s how to create tasty, healthy meals that blare the beets.

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14 Beet Recipes You’ll Crave All Day

1. Beet Crepes with Whipped Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Serve this at your next brunch and you’re sure to get recipe requests. This totally Instagram-worthy plate includes beets mixed with buckwheat flour, eggs and milk to create a velvety crepe. The toppings take it to the next level: goat cheese whipped with Greek yogurt, a balsamic reduction and fresh fruit. Photo and recipe: Paola Holthause / Cravings in Amsterdam

2. Beet Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

As if the photos don’t prove it, this is not your average loaf. One slice of beet bread — with a luscious dill cream cheese filling that’s baked throughout — and you’ll only want more. Serve warm alongside a bed of greens or freshly grilled vegetables to make it a bigger meal. Or top it with turkey slices for a filling, open-faced sandwich. Photo and recipe: Danguole Lekaviciute / 10th Kitchen

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3. Blueberry Beet Smoothie with Hemp Seeds

Need a new go-to smoothie recipe? This is it. Antioxidant-rich blueberries pair with beets for a major immunity-boosting combo. Give yourself an extra boost to last all day by finishing your glass off with the surprising source of protein: hemp seeds. Photo and recipe: Lucy Baker / Turnip the Oven

4. Colorful Beet Salad

Munch on this chopped salad to power you through the afternoon, thanks to an added dose of protein from quinoa and edamame, and the fiber-rich beets. Add iron-packed pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) to the mix and you’ve got a meal with energy-amplifying potential. Photo and recipe: Kate Taylor / Cookie and Kate

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5. Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burger

This filling, flavorful recipe will carry you seamlessly into summer barbecue season. The meatless patty consists of a hearty beetroot, black bean and quinoa combination and is lower in fat, but higher in nutrients compared to your average burger. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

6. Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

A bright, refreshing salad that’s super easy to make. Featuring thin slices of tomatoes and beets — both excellent farmer’s market fare — this recipe is bright and light. Serve as an appetizer, a side or over greens for lunch. Photo and recipe: Lori Yate / Foxes Love Lemons

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7. Beet and Sweet Potato Tartare

This recipe may look fancy, but it’s not as complicated as you think. Diced beets, sweet potatoes and avocados pile high into a vegetable tartare, while a bold dijon mustard sauce acts as a glue to tie all the fresh ingredients together. Photo and recipe: Melissa Copeland / Cilantro and Citronella

8. Savory Beet Fries

These salty, satisfying fries have more flavor than you’d expect. The secret? It’s all in the spices, with a combo of cumin and harissa, which brings some heat. Sprinkle with parmesan for an extra decadent finish. Photo and recipe: Danielle Fahrenkrug / Delightful Mom Food

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9. Beet Hummus

If you’re tired of your typical snacks, mix things up with this seven-ingredient dip. The chickpea-based spread — made with a blend of beets and tahini — is easy to whip up on the weekend. And it’ll last you all week as a crudité or sandwich topping. Photo and recipe: Alan Weiner / Life by Daily Burn

10. Rosemary Beet Chips

Perfect for weeks when you know you’ll be on the go, these salty and crunchy crisps provide one delicious snack — that’ll make you forget about regular old potato chips. Baked rather than fried means they’re better for your body, and a dusting of fresh rosemary adds an extra tasty flare. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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11. Beet Noodle Falafel Bowls

Restaurant-quality dinner right here. This vibrant bowl is as scrumptious as it is stunning. Beets turn into veggie noodles, offering a low-carb base, while baked falafel and avocado top off the bowl. You’ll get plenty of good-for-you fats, plus a dose of vitamin C with every fork full. Photo and recipe: Alyssa Rimmer / Simply Quinoa

12. Shredded Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

When it comes to tacos, it’s a time to get creative. Make yours with beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, sunchokes — and whatever strikes you. Opt for black beans instead of eggs to make the vegetarian tacos completely vegan and you’ll still get the filling protein and fiber. Photo and recipe: Sherrie Castellano / With Food and Love

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13. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

Sometimes you just want pizza for dinner, and this is a pie you can feel good about. A rich beet pesto serves as the sauce, while vitamin- and mineral-packed kale mashes with goat cheese to offer bold and creamy flavors. This recipe also calls for gluten-free dough, so everyone can join the party. Photo and recipe: Julia Mueller / The Roasted Root

14. Carrot and Beet Sorbet

Don’t let the main ingredients fool you — these icy desserts are still majorly sweet. (Just imagine the frozen version of your favorite vegetable juices.) Keep the portions small because this does pack added sugar, but know you’re getting an antioxidant punch with each bite. Photo and recipe: Rachel Faucett / Handmade Charlotte