Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

Simple Beet Dip with Cream Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

If I have learned one thing from having a weekly vegetable box delivered to my door it is this – beets are always in season. Well they are on Vancouver Island anyway. From June, straight through to October, they haven’t missed a beet, and I have heard down the grapevine that the winter edition is set to include even more of this tasty vegetable. I have only just begun the experience the versatility of beets, from Beet Apple and Kale Salad with Walnuts and Dill to Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Green Beans and even Gluten Free Beet Chocolate Muffins with Chickpea Flour. And now another beet inspired dish to add to the repertoire – a super Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese.

Recipe for Simple Beet Dip with Cream Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

“Beets are very high in a phytonutrient called betalain. Betalains function both as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules. Rhubarb, chard, amaranth, prickly pear cactus, and Nopal cactus are examples of foods that contain betalains.”


Steaming vegetables is the best way to retain maximum nutrients, but boiling beets could also work. In this recipe I used a spreadable cream cheese; you could use the brick variety but be prepared to add a liquid (such as olive oil) to the dip if it is too thick. Although beets are always in season, lemon is not. An alternative would be some apple cider vinegar which would pair nicely with the balsamic vinegar. This dip is great on crackers, wraps and even on roasted veggies.

Recipe for Simple Beet Dip with Cream Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

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A great alternative to hummus and a good way to use up all-season beets. Serve this dip with some flax crackers for a healthy mid-day snack, or as an appetizer at a gathering with friends.

8+ Servings
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Ingredients for Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

  • 4 medium sized beets, skin removed and chopped into cubes
  • 5 tbsp. organic spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 small lemon, juiced (3-4 tbsp.)
  • 1-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Method For Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

  1. Place the skinned and cubed beets in a steamer and steam for 20-30 minutes or until the beets can be pierced easily with a fork. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. Put the cooled beets and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Taste and season.
  3. Serve to your favourite people.

Make it vegan: Use a vegan cream cheese
Make it seasonal: Use apple cider vinegar in place of lemon

Nutritional Information

Calories: 55
Total Fat: 3g
Sodium: 90mg
Carbohydrate:
Fibre: 1g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 1.5g
Calcium: 20mg
Iron: 0.5mg

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  • Aarika

    This looks soooooooo yummy! As a beet lover, I cannot wait to try this recipe. Would you be interested in guest writing for me or letting me feature this recipe on Just Beet It? I love everything beets, and your pics are absolutely stunning. Cheers!

    • theconsciousdietitian

      Hi Aarika! I would be honored if u featured this recipe! It’s one of my favs. And I would also love to guest write for u… My brain is already ticking with ideas. Yay for fellow foodies!