Foodie Diaries: Yoghurt Beetroot Dip


Here's an easy red beet yoghurt dip, which goes perfectly with hearty wheat crackers or your preferred black corn strips, pita chips, crostinis, etc. I usually make this with goat cheese, but decided to make it with yoghurt this time. 

Beets have wonderful benefits, this includes phytonutrients  it's these betalains which are the rich pigments that we see in beets. They provide antioxidants, a good source of folate, manganese, fibre, potassium, and complex carbs, to name a few nutrients. Additionally, beets have anti-inflammatory moleculesbecause of their power to arrest the cyclooxygenase enzymes which you may know as COX enzymes.  

Their high (natural) sugar content gives them a sweet taste. I used fresh beets for this, but you can use canned beets as well. Although, there are less nutrients using canned beets, it will still provide you with good benefits, save you time in cooking, and even cost less than fresh beets. Rinse off the canned beets to reduce the sodium before adding to the food processor.  

Yoghurt Beetroot Dip 
2 small to medium roasted red beets or 1 can of sliced beets (drained)  
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 garlic clove 
tsp onion powder 

Assembling Dip:
1 tbsp sumac 
1 tbsp lemon juice
225 g (1 cup) plain/natural yoghurt 
2 fresh coriander sprigs 
3 fresh mint sprigs, (extra for garnishing) 
1/2 teaspoon to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
pinch of fresh black ground pepper
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper 

  1. Put all ingredients (beets, olive oil, fresh herbs, spices, and lemon juice) in a food processor 
  2. Pulse quickly one or two times, then add in yoghurt 
  3. Pulse several times, blending everything well to make a semi-chunky or slightly smooth texture.  
  4. Adjust seasoning with kosher salt and pepper to taste.  
  5. Garnish with mint sprig. Serve chilled. 

Time 5 min. or less. 
Yield: serves 4-6 
Prep: (Optional) If you are using raw red beets, after thoroughly washing them, I usually roast my beets for about 35-45 min. on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil and a dash of kosher salt. Beets are delicate and bleed when cooking, so be careful. 

They are done when fork tender, you can check this by sticking a fork through them completely, or use the edge of a knife to check tenderness. Peel them before using. Save your beet leaves/greens, and stems, because they are excellent for juicing and cooking as well.

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  1. Both dishes look very tempting! And I love the fact that they are vegetarian.

  2. francesca r27 February

    This is a great receipe, it sound yummy and healthy!

  3. I must admit I haven't had red beets in awhile...this looks like a good place to start:)

  4. Vanessa Billie-Jill-Jean27 February

    Mmmh, sounds so delicious. *__*
    Have a nice weekend...

  5. Glamoury armory27 February

    hi lovely, I really need to do this! It sounds delicious and it is very healthy. thanks for sharing. have a lovely weekend.xx

  6. Beets have so many benefits!!! I just can't stomach them. Maybe this beet dip will help change my mind Madison. HaHaHa Looks pretty!

  7. I love white beans and mushrooms! This looks delish!

  8. I loove beetroots and their leaves are the best salads ever!
    You also need to try juicing them! Have a great weekend love!

  9. tia_cherie28 February

    Oh yes please, I would absolutely love this.

  10. rakhshanda28 February

    Great, this dip looks yummy and the great part of this dip is that it's so easy too. I need to learn it for me. Thanks for sharing honey! Kisses <3

  11. It looks very delicious! My sister Holly loves beetroot. She would love this. I have to show her the recipe! Wünsch dir einen wundervollen Samstag Madison. Ich freu mich auf weitere Rezepte von dir :)

    xx /

  12. Wow very interesting!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  13. This sounds quick and easy to do. And you know what... I might even try it this evening. I was wondering what to do with all those beetroots hanging on the bottom of the fridge. Thanks for the nice idea xx

  14. Allie Mackin01 March

    Oh this sounds good, especially with the addition of the mint. Plus it is colorful, great for a party.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  15. I have to say, I HATE beetroot.....but that last pic does look kinda yummy. If I saw this dip at a party I'd definitely give it a try! :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

  16. Thanks! Yes, it's delicious, especially if you like beetroot in general. Great with carrots or in a wrap too!

  17. Haha, that's too bad, especially since it's full of nutrients, but perhaps this will slowly get them growing on you. :)

  18. Great to hear! Thanks for your comment Rowena. <3

  19. Glad that you liked the post and recipe inspiration! xx

  20. Yes of course! Juicing them are great! Definitely use the tops and leaves -- everything about them is edible and great for juicing sans the skin. Thanks dear. x

  21. You're welcome! Thanks for reading. <3

  22. Yes, it is an acquired taste, only because many who don't like "earthy" tasting veggies find it not favourable. Hopefully this will help (try it with goat cheese)!

  23. Thanks Mira. :) Super! Ja, ich liebe auch Rote Bete. <3 Wünsch dir einen guten Sonntag! :) xx

  24. Such a cool recipe! And I love the colour of the dip.

  25. Missy May01 March

    This looks so yummy. I haven't eaten beetroot before, because I've the feel that its bitter or summin. I juiced it with other fruits and it turned my blender into red. Annoying -Lol!!
    Much love, sis. :))

  26. Beetroot is so healthy and unfortunatly I do not like it at all. I try to eat it from times to times but I just dont like the taste :( its too bad since I would love to eat it because of its iron and all the other nutrients!

  27. Dressed With Soul01 March

    Liebe Madison, vermutlich weißt Du, dass ich sehr viel und auch gerne koche. Nicht nur deswegen muss ich unbedingt Dein Rezept ausprobieren, die Farbe ist genial und ich bin mir sicher, der Dip schmeckt super :) Danke für das Rezept und Dir eine wunderbare neue Woche!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

  28. Beckerman Girls01 March

    Looks soo yummy! JUST LOOVVVVE the color too! sooo pretty and pink! xoxoBeckerman Girls

  29. Liebe Rena, Danke! Ja ich weiß, dass Sie gerne kochen und Ich bin froh, dass du mein Rezept mögen. Ich wünsche dir eine schön neue Woche!. :)
    <3 Alles Liebe von Madison xx

  30. Yes, red beets will make everything red, it's their pigment. But, I love it! I juice it or mix it in a shake with blueberries and raspberries! Sooo good. xx Alles liebe von Madison

  31. That colour is already enchanting!

    Have a fantastic day,

  32. This looks so delicious and healthy! x

    Josie’s Journal

  33. This sounds both yummy and healthy! Love it! T.

  34. Haven't tried beetroot dip before but it looks promising. :D
    Must try.

  35. Elsie Davies02 March

    Looks delicious and thank you for sharing. Might give it a try. xo

  36. These look gorgeous and so yummy, must try it :) xx

  37. Never had this before, but I will give it a try :))) xx

  38. Such yummy recipes! Thanks so much for sharing!


  39. Rosalind jana02 March

    I pretty much always have beetroot in my fridge, so this is a must to make. AND it's such a great colour to liven up any plate of munchie things. Inspired!

  40. I love beetroots and will definitely give this yummy recipe a try <3
    Thank you for sharing :)

    Mahshid مهشید

  41. Mary Jo03 March

    I love fresh sliced beets with goat cheese salad, they are so yummy and was just this morning looking at a beet juice drink wondering about trying it, only it does stain and I don't trust myself not to spill it on myself in the mornings, lol. This recipe sounds really good! Hoping all is well Madison!

    xo Mary Jo

  42. This really does sound like one delicious and healthy dip! I think beets are fantastic and they add so much color to any plate! I like your idea of using goat cheese too! Delicious!


  43. little luxury list04 March

    What a bright and beautiful dip! Thanks for the recipe and i'll definitely try it out some time!


    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  44. little luxury list04 March

    Very nice! I love the addition of tomatoes and mushrooms!


    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  45. Sounds super good, and healthy! I must try it :)) Thanks for the recipe!



  46. Andrea Funk04 March

    Looks so yummy!

  47. Ivana Džidić06 March

    I have to try this!

  48. Vanessa07 March

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