Beets Infused with Garlic and Olive Oil

Middle Eastern food never fails to amaze me with its vibrant flavors and simplicity and ease of preparation. Its popularity is obvious from the fact that foods like hummus, felafel, pita and tabbouleh have melded effortlessly into our food vocabulary today.

I am lucky because one of my oldest and best friends, Margo, is an Armenian who was born and raised in Lebanon. I often pick up great tips for wonderful Middle Eastern dishes from her, and from eating at her home.

This super-simple recipe for beets, one of my favorite veggies, is one I got from her. When I first ate these beets at her home, I was speechless when she told me just how easy to make they are, and how tiny the ingredient list is, because the flavor was so incredibly and spectacularly vivid.

I make this dish often in my kitchen now, and it takes minutes to put together. It goes beautifully as a side dish with just about anything. Try it: you won’t be disappointed.

Beets Infused with Garlic and Olive Oil

4 medium beets, scrubbed clean, then covered with water and boiled on a stovetop or zapped in a microwave until a fork stuck in the middle slides in effortlessly. (I don’t skin my beets). Slice the beets thinly and cut each slice into quarters, then eighths.

In a small bowl, mix together:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4-5 cloves of garlic, crushed, preferably with a garlic press, or minced really fine.

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste

Pour the oil-garlic-lemon mixture over the beets and toss well.

Set aside for about half an hour for the flavors to infuse. Serve at room temperature.



I have long been intimidated by the thought of entering Jugalbandi’s gorgeous Click event because of the amazing quality of the photographs they get, but heck, you only live once! So this time I’m throwing my hat in the ring. Thanks, Happy, for the suggestion!

I am also sending on this super-simple recipe to Ramki’s event for minimalists, Recipes for the Rest of Us. Thanks, Ramki!

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22 thoughts on “Beets Infused with Garlic and Olive Oil

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    Jan Scholl

    January 13, 2009 at 3:53am

    I wish beets weren’t so expensive here in Michigan. The golden colored ones are great roasted but these would be good in this recipe I bet.

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    January 13, 2009 at 4:19am

    Really easy, and with your ‘thappa’ of ‘tasty’ – I might as well bring this healthy vegetable home! I am afraid I eat it like a medicine!

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    Kitchen Flavours

    January 13, 2009 at 5:03am

    Beets are most neglected vegetable in my kitchen. The color of this is attracting me to have some…

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    January 13, 2009 at 5:04am

    This sounds not only healthy but also delicious Vaishali. :-)
    I’d prefer to sandwich a couple between two crisp bread slices. :-)

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    January 13, 2009 at 10:28am

    Wow wat a healthy dish, love beets like anything..will try for sure..

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    January 13, 2009 at 11:31am

    very lovely and colourful recipe. very healthy too.

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    January 13, 2009 at 11:47am

    That looks delicious and healthy!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Curry Leaf

    January 13, 2009 at 3:40pm

    Wow,new and healthy dish.Here we r great fans of beets .but never tried it this way.Easy and wholesome

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    January 13, 2009 at 3:49pm

    Real good one! I never made anything like this with beets, but do it with carrots & green chillies.. only add a little bit of chilli powder ( or gree chillie paste).. its a great side to about anything.

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    Pavithra Kodical

    January 13, 2009 at 5:53pm

    Looks delicious and attractive..I will surely try this..Thanks for this healthy recipe.

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    January 13, 2009 at 5:55pm

    And I bought beets today! It’s fate :)

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    Mahimaa's kitchen

    January 13, 2009 at 6:18pm

    lovely picture Vaishali. never tried garlic infused beets. have u tried beetroot halwa. they r really delicious.

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    January 13, 2009 at 6:57pm

    thanks for a delicious entry, dear vaishali.

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    January 13, 2009 at 8:51pm

    Beets Looks lovely! Nice entry for click! First time to your blog and you have a wonderful place here.

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    Gita's Kitchen

    January 13, 2009 at 9:53pm

    I dont cook with beets, may be I can give this a try, infusing beets with garlic and olive oil sounds delicous…

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    January 14, 2009 at 1:46am

    I love beets… I usually make stir-fry of this with garlic and red chilli.. Missing this veggie so much here ..Sigh wish I could get some..I would have loved to try this :(

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    January 14, 2009 at 2:37am

    That looks really simple and nice Vaishali..I am not a big fan of cooked beets, but your photo tempts me to try it soon..

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    Red Chillies

    January 14, 2009 at 4:29am

    It is hard to get anyone to eat beet at home. DH does not like it when it is cooked, but he loves garlic and olive oil. Maybe this will inspire him :-)

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    January 16, 2009 at 6:25am

    Amazingly simple recipe! Love olive oil and beetroot. Raw garlic is what bothers me…maybe I am a vampire ;-)

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