Beets Infused with Garlic and Olive Oil

Beets infused with garlic
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
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
  • 4 medium beets.
  • 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
  1. Scrub the beets clean, then cover with water and boil 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.Pour the oil-garlic-lemon mixture over the beets and toss well.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, lemon and salt.
  3. Pour over the beets and mix. Set aside for about half an hour for the flavors to infuse. Serve at room temperature.
  4. Delicious.


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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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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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