Recipe: Tahini Beets

Recipe: Tahini Beets

Emily Han
Mar 4, 2011

Inspired by a dish at our favorite Greek restaurant, this is a dish we love to eat with pita bread for lunch or as an appetizer. Consisting of beets, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, it's earthy, sweet, tangy, and very easy to make (just allow enough time to roast the beets).

Tahini Beets

Serves 2 to 4

  • 2

    beets (about 12 ounces), roasted and peeled

  • 2

    garlic cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons


  • 2 tablespoons

    Meyer lemon juice or 1 tablespoon regular lemon juice

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons


Slice the beets into thick matchsticks.

Using a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic and salt into a smooth paste. Add to a bowl along with the tahini, lemon juice, and a couple of tablespoons of water. Whisk until smooth. Depending on how thick the sauce is, you may want to thin it with one or two more tablespoons of water. It should be the consistency of a creamy salad dressing.

Add the beets and toss to combine. Garnish with a lemon wedge and parsley, if desired, and serve with pita bread.

Related: Five Ways to Eat: Beets

(Images: Emily Ho)

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