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This Easy Roasted Beet Dip Tastes as Good as It Looks
At first glance, you may think this roasted beet dip looks too pretty to actually taste good.
But, it tastes delicious.
It’s earthy, sweet, and can be spread on just about anything for an instant blast of flavor. This beet dip is going to be one of your favorite beet recipes.
This vegan beet dip is the perfect way to use up meal-prepped roasted beets. Just toss a few in a food processor or blender with sunflower seeds, tahini, olive oil, salt, apple cider vinegar, and garlic to make this delicious spread.
I love to make this beet dip and then use it up over the next few days as a sandwich spread or dipping sauce for raw veggies. Plus, it’s super simple and quick to make.
Keep reading to see how to make this beautiful dip yourself!
Is This Roasted Beet Dip Healthy?
This dip is mostly beets, so I guess the question should be: are beets healthy?
And the answer?
Yes! Beets are healthy. Some experts even consider them a “superfood”.
Beets are packed with fiber, folate, and antioxidants that aid in digestion. According to Medical News Today, studies show beets may reduce blood pressure, improve digestion, reduce the risk of diabetes, and increase athletic performance.
Seems like we should all be eating more beets.
How Long Does this Beet Dip Keep?
This beet dip will last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.
Since this dip is so versatile, scaling up the recipe would be a great idea. I think of it as a condiment just as much as a dip. Just pull out of the refrigerator and spread on the item of your choice when you want to use.
Storing this Beet Dip
This dip should be stored, covered in the refrigerator.
I love these OXO glass containers for storing completed dishes like this dip. You can store, cover, and serve all in one container.
For a cheaper option, I love these plastic deli containers. I use these to store all of my leftover meal prep ingredients. They are what the restaurants use.
How To Cook Fresh Beets
The best way to cook fresh beets? Roast them in a batch so you’ll have on-hand for easy meal prep throughout your week.
Check out the article below for step-by-step directions on how:
How To Buy Fresh Beets
Beets are generally available with their leafy tops on or off.
If their tops are still on, inspecting these will be your best bet. It means they were dug up within the past week or so. Look for greens that are perky with no shriveling.
If their tops are removed, look for beets with tight, firm skins. You should not be able to squish them at all.
What Type of Blender Should I Use?
Not all blenders are created equal. But, there is a blender for you no matter what your price point is.
It is tough to recommend a single blender to everyone because budgets and needs are different.
So, I wrote the article below that outlines the best blenders to buy for whatever your budget is:
Can I Use a Food Processor Instead of a Blender?
Yes, you can definitely use a food processor for this dip.
Food processors and blenders can often be used interchangeably, but your results will be different.
According to HuffPost, blenders should be used when you want your end results to be smooth and uniform. Their blades are not sharp, but powerful. So, blenders are better at pureeing as opposed to chopping or cutting.
For blenders, think smoothies, soups, dressings, and other liquids.
Food processors have sharp blades that are better at cutting or chopping solid, hard foods. They can do tasks in seconds that would take you way longer with a knife.
For food processors, think pesto, hummus, and chopping vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
If using a food processor, your dip will be a bit more chunky and you won’t need to add any water.
Variations to This Dip
Here are a few ideas to change up this beet dip recipe. Have fun!
Use a different vegetable – Blended vegetables will give you a beautiful, creamy dip or dressing. Try this carrot and lime dressing recipe that uses a similar cooking technique.
Make it a hummus – Add a can of chickpeas to make this dip into beet hummus. Use a food processor instead of a blender.
Make it a dressing – Add 1/4 cup of water to thin this dip out for more of a dressing texture. Continue adding water 1 Tbsp. at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
How Can I Use This Dip?
You’ll love this beet recipe as both a dip and a spread. It is a perfect healthy condiment to add a blast of flavor to whatever you’re eating. Here are a few ways to use this:
Sandwich spread – This dip is perfect as a sandwich condiment. Top a piece of bread with this, some raw veggies, egg, and/or a piece of chicken for a delicious and filling lunch.
To dip raw vegetables into – Dip veggies into veggies? That’s a lot of veggies. But, there is no such thing as too many. Just leave this dip out next to a plate of crunch raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, radishes, and fennel for a tasty app.
On sweet potatoes – Top these roasted sweet potatoes for a more filling side dish or meal.
More Sauce and Dip Recipes
Dips pack a huge flavor punch for their small size. Here are some more simple sauce and dip recipes that you’ll want to put on everything:
Roasted Beet Dip
- 8 oz. roasted red beets (about 1 large)
- 2 Tbsp. roasted sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbsp. tahini
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider or red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp water (add more to make a thinner dip)
- Poppy seeds (optional)
- Put beets, sunflower seeds, tahini, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and water in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender and blend again.
- Use immediately or transfer to a resealable container. If using, top with poppy seeds. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
I Dip, You Dip, We Dip
What do you like better about this dip? It’s bright appearance, healthiness, or taste?
Taste always come first for me, but its appearance is pretty unique. The last time I made this for a family get-together, it got plenty of oohs and aahs.
To make this dip, you’ll need a blender or food processor. Blenders are the only kitchen tool that will give you creamy smoothies, soups, dressings, purees, and/or nut butters.
If you need a blender, luckily, there is a blender for everyone. I write all about the best ones in the article below.