Sauteed Baby Beet Greens

Sauteed Baby Beet Greens

Did you know you can eat beet greens? Yeah, those greens on top of beets. I had no idea. Apparently, you can also eat carrot tops. I haven’t tried that yet but the beet greens are delicious. The taste is similar to spinach; I actually like the beet greens better, as it’s a little bit sweeter.

Sauteed Baby Beet Greens

These baby beet greens look like miniature swiss chard, which is a close relative, belonging to the same family. The stems are so tender, you can eat the whole thing. They’re also highly nutritious, rich in calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.

Sautéed Baby Beet Greens
Serves 2 as part of a meal

6 ounces baby beet greens
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Wash the beet greens in several changes of water. Drain and set aside.

Heat a wok or sauté pan to hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the wok. Add the garlic and sauté for several seconds. Add the beet greens and season with salt. Sauté the greens until wilted and tender. Plate and serve.

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12 Comments so far

  1. Stacy on December 31st, 2009

    I love beet greens too. They’re like a bonus attached to beets. I always break them off the beets as soon as I get home from the store and eat them within a day or two.

    Never tried carrot tops though…

  2. mollyjade on December 31st, 2009

    Carrot tops are sort of like parsley.

  3. Rachel on December 31st, 2009

    My bunny loves beet and carrot tops, but I never thought of eating them myself. Next trip to the store I am going to get extra to try this recipe. Yum!

  4. Colinski on December 31st, 2009

    As I understand it, chard is essentially a beet plant that has been bred for its leaves rather than its root.

  5. JoLynn-dreaminitvegan on December 31st, 2009

    I love beet greens they are sweet tasting.
    Happy New Years!

  6. Andrea on January 1st, 2010

    Beet greens I knew about, and I kind of knew about carrot tops but haven’t ever tried them. But did you know about turnip greens? I like to cut the turnips into matchsticks and wok them in oil. Add the greens when the turnips are almost cooked, and it’s delish. Great photos of the greens!

  7. Jes on January 1st, 2010

    What cute baby beet greens! Perfect alternative to collards for the new year!

  8. All or Nothing Book on January 4th, 2010

    I love BEETS like chocolates, I don’t know why but I just love sprouts and anything young!

  9. Philippa O on January 17th, 2010

    i didn’t know you can eat carrot tops, but i love beetroot greens, we ate more greens off our beetroot crop than we did actual beets! when they got a bit old i whizzed them up in a saag or spinach curry, so good, with a hint of that pretty purple colour

  10. Gosia on February 13th, 2010

    I’m Polish and we use beet tops to make a traditional soup: ‘zupa z botwinki’. It’s very much like borscht, except it’s made with young beets and the chopped tops are the star of the dish. I just found your blog through Vegan Dad and I love it!

  11. Kelly on July 16th, 2012

    Cook as directed but just before serving add 1 teaspoon of sour cream and stir. This creates a light pink sauce and it’s sort of like creamed spinach but better. Heavenly!

  12. chow on July 23rd, 2012

    Kelly – Thanks for the tip! It sounds yummy and a super easy way to make a sauce. :-)

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