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.
- Vegan Garlic Butter Beets
- Vegan Beet Burger with Chipotle Cashew Hummus
- Golden Beet Carrot Slaw
- Vegan Curry Sprouts Bowl with Easy Pickled Beets and Minty Brown Rice
- Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Beets and Curry Cashew Dressing
- Roasted Golden Beets with Rosemary and Garlic
Beets infused with Garlic and Olive Oil
Beets Infused with Garlic and Olive Oil
- 4 medium beets. (red or yellow beets are both fine)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4-5 cloves garlic , crushed, preferably with a garlic press, or minced really fine.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt to taste
- 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.
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, lemon and salt.
- Pour over the beets and mix. Set aside for about half an hour for the flavors to infuse. Serve at room temperature.
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..
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 🙁
I dont cook with beets, may be I can give this a try, infusing beets with garlic and olive oil sounds delicous...
Beets Looks lovely! Nice entry for click! First time to your blog and you have a wonderful place here.
thanks for a delicious entry, dear vaishali.
lovely picture Vaishali. never tried garlic infused beets. have u tried beetroot halwa. they r really delicious.
And I bought beets today! It's fate 🙂
Looks delicious and attractive..I will surely try this..Thanks for this healthy recipe.
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.
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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That looks delicious and healthy!! Thanks for sharing.
very lovely and colourful recipe. very healthy too.
Wow wat a healthy dish, love beets like anything..will try for sure..
This sounds not only healthy but also delicious Vaishali. 🙂
I'd prefer to sandwich a couple between two crisp bread slices. 🙂
Beets are most neglected vegetable in my kitchen. The color of this is attracting me to have some...
DJ Karma (of Vegspinz)
LOVE beets. I will try this with the skins on, too... thanks!
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!
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.