Yes, double-dipping is allowed29

Posted on June 20, 2008 by ChristieGluten Free, Snacks & Starters, Vegetarian

[Organic beetroot dip]

I’m on a bit of a beetroot crusade this week… please bear with me!

As promised, here’s my second dish with the delectable organic beetroot I received in my weekly box. It’s super simple and fantastic served with raw or lightly blanched vegetables as a healthy snack or starter.

I’ve also used it to accompany a nice piece of grilled salmon or dolloped with abandon on a potato salad – the contrast of colours is amazing!

I think it’s really important to eat not only a wide variety of foods but also all the colours of the rainbow. My favourite colours are red and pink so this dip brings me a double whammy of nutrients and pure aesthetic joy.

Although the clean up of the food processor is a little bit of a struggle, it’s totally worth it for the vibrant colour and creamy texture.

Happy cooking, Christie

Organic beetroot dip
makes about 1 cup

4 fresh organic beetroot
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1/4 cup Greek style plain yoghurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
sea salt and pepper to taste

Roast the beetroot as in yesterday’s recipe.

Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until smooth, but not watery.

Serve with raw or lightly blanched vegetables and toasted pita bread.

  • that looks simply wonderful and I will have to make it – what a lovely deep pink colour!

    I will save this for my next girls night in and a pink menu!


  • Those colours are absolutely stunning – what happy food!

  • Y

    Great looking dip – love the colour! Sounds like it would be wonderfully tangy.

  • Oh this sounds wonderful and creatively fun! I love it.

  • This is such a beautiful color! I’m still struggling to enjoy beets, but my husband would absolutely love this.

  • Mo

    And when are we invited over? Yum!

  • Okay I HAVE to make this. Between my love for my yoghurt maker and my obsession with roast beets and a vague notion that colourful foods are good for me, I think this could be perfect. Certainly looks fabulous :)

  • Hi Hippolyra,
    What a great idea! I think I’ll have to have a pink menu night too.

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks – the colour makes me happy too.

    Hi Y,
    It is tangy and delicious!

    Hi Noble Pig,
    I love having fun in the kitchen ;)

    Hi Fearless Kitchen,
    Maybe your hubby can give it a go?

    Hi Mo,
    Hmmm, depends where you live! I love having people over.

    Hi Laura,
    A yoghurt maker? I’m jealous.

  • This looks like a great excuse the get out the yogurt maker. I can just imagine how awesome this would taste.

  • Hi Mark,
    If I had a yoghurt maker! Alert – Another jealousy attack!

    For all of us that don’t have yoghurt makers – it works beautifully with store bought Greek style yoghurt! ;)

  • You should send this recipe over to Tastememory – she’s a beet freak!!!The colors are just so beautiful.

  • We’ll bare with you any day that has beetroots in it! We love em! this looks so interesting and delicious! It’s so creamy and beautiful!

  • Din

    Mmm… bright colours without the E numbers!

  • Hi Nina,
    Thanks for letting me know – I’ve just been over there!

    Hi White On Rice Couple,
    Thank you – I love the colour too. The dip has a lovely tangy creaminess that is totally moreish :)

    Hi Din,
    Absolutely! Nature provides all the colours we need without any of the nasty stuff ;)

  • This dip looks great! I am a fan of beetroot, and the colour of this dip is amazing.

  • i looked at the photo and i was like, beautiful ice cream! what the fuck is up with the green beans?

    but now i get it. yum.

  • Christie – lovely recipe. I do love the combination of beetroot and yoghurt. They set each other off really well.

  • Hi Cakelaw,
    Thanks, I absolutely love the colour too!

    Hi Michelle,
    Haha, You never fail to crack me up! … Beetroot and cumin icecream – you could be onto something.

    Hi Kathryn,
    Agreed and it’s healthy too!

  • @ Michelle – I thought the exact same thing!

    Christie you need to make us some ice cream some time :)

  • I use beetroot in my home made hummus when I don’t have any tahini. Be careful if your wearing a white shirt ;-)

  • Hi Sophie,
    I’ve never made home made ice-cream. I think you’re right – I need to give it a go!

    Hi Jmez,
    That’s a fantastic idea – beetroot and chickpeas would be great together… I agree about the white clothes – my kitchen was a mess after this and it stains too!

    • I’m not easily impressed. . . but that’s imprsiesng me! :)

  • dee

    OK – I have to admit it was the color that caught me on this one. The recipe is fab though and I will try it. Thanks much!

  • Kim

    Christie- Great recipe and I love beets. Double dipping, I don’t think I can get into.

  • A beet dip sounds good. What an amazing colour!

  • HI Dee,
    Glad I got your attention with the colour – I hope you give it a try, it’s delicious.

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks! I hate double dipping too, but if I eat it all myself it’s OK ;)

    Hi Kevin,
    Thank you!

  • Normally this dish would have two major strikes against it in this house. Strange veggie (by strange I mean anything not peas, carrots and celery) and pink. (I have five sons who think anything pink will turn them into girls which is obviously the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone, right?) I do think, though, that I could pull this off. First, it’s a dip. Second, it’s made of beets. I got them to eat an entire bowl of roasted beets once by telling them if they ate a sufficient amount they would pee pink. (Somehow if you pee pink it doesn’t make you a girl…)

    I’m going to hop over to the farm market to try this. It’s so yummy looking!

  • HI Rebecca,
    Thanks so much for this story, haha pink pee, love it! I have a lot to look forward to trying to get children to eat my food… still a few years yet!

    I think you’re doing fantastically getting your boys to eat peas and celery – I hear kids are a bit adverse to ‘green’ stuff. And five of them too – you’re a saint!

    Let me know if the boys eat the dip!

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