6 Cold Beetroot Dishes You Should Explore This Season
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The peak season of beetroot in India is early summer and mid-autumn. However, this vibrant crimson-coloured vegetable is well available throughout the summer, thus the time for wide exploration with it. Its earthy flavour and natural sweetness make it a great addition to various kinds of dishes. From soups to salads, it stands out as the star ingredient in many delicious dishes. During summers, the inclination towards cold dishes is more thus the exploration of beetroot into the cold side of preparations.

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Cold beetroot dishes offer a unique way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable, providing a burst of colour and flavour that can invigorate the palate amidst the sweltering heat. Whether it’s through chilled soups, salads, or inventive appetisers, beetroot can bring a cooling, hydrating quality to summer meals, making it an essential ingredient for the season.

Beetroot Gazpacho

Beetroot Gazpacho is a vibrant, chilled soup perfect for summer. Its ingredients include fresh beetroots, cucumbers, red bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions, blended to a smooth consistency. This dish boasts a striking deep-red hue and a refreshing, earthy flavour with subtle sweetness from the beetroots. A splash of vinegar and a hint of olive oil enhance its tanginess, while a garnish of diced vegetables and herbs adds a satisfying crunch.

Beetroot Salad

Cold beetroot salad is a vibrant, nutritious dish bursting with flavour and texture. Featuring tender, roasted beetroots, peeled and diced. Tossed with crumbled feta cheese for a creamy contrast and add chopped walnuts for a satisfying crunch. Mix in thinly sliced red onions and fresh arugula for peppery notes. Dress with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, combining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and a touch of Dijon mustard.

Beetroot Raita

This vibrant side pairs the earthy sweetness of grated beetroot with the cooling creaminess of yoghurt. Seasoned with a pinch of cumin powder, salt, and a hint of black pepper, it balances flavours beautifully. The texture is delightfully smooth with occasional crunches from finely chopped onions and cucumbers. Garnish with fresh coriander or mint leaves for an added zest. 

Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot Hummus is a vibrant cold dish, blending the earthy sweetness of beetroot with the creamy texture of traditional hummus. Essential ingredients include roasted beetroot, chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. The result is a strikingly pink dip, rich in flavour with a delightful balance of earthiness and tang. Its texture is smooth and velvety, enhanced by the tahini’s nuttiness. Perfectly complemented by a hint of garlic and the zesty kick of lemon, Beetroot Hummus is ideal for spreading on toast, and dipping vegetables.

Beetroot Poke Ball

Made with marinated beetroot cubes, this dish features a mix of ingredients like avocado, cucumber, edamame, and radish. The beets, marinated in a tangy blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar, offer a sweet and earthy flavour. Complemented by the creamy avocado and crunchy vegetables, the dish boasts a harmonious blend of textures. Garnished with sesame seeds and fresh herbs, the Beetroot Poke Ball is a visually stunning and deliciously nutritious treat.

Beetroot Crostini

Beetroot Crostini, a delightful cold dish, features vibrant beetroot atop crisp, toasted baguette slices. Featuring thinly sliced beets, marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a touch of honey, enhancing their natural sweetness and earthy flavour. Layer the beets on a creamy bed of goat cheese or ricotta, adding a luscious texture contrast. Garnish with fresh arugula, walnuts, and a sprinkle of sea salt for a perfect blend of flavours and crunch.